Search for swimmer when clothes found

Launch No: 312
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Location: Blackpool Sands. Start Bay.

Whilst on exercise in the Range Dart inshore lifeboat were alerted to an incident at Blackpool Sands. A walker had found a pile of clothes unattended on the shoreline.

The Dartmouth Coastguard SAR team had been asked to search between Blackpool Sands and Strete Gate. On being informed of their position the Falmouth Coastguard tasked the lifeboat to assist in the search.

The lifeboat crew found a lone snorkeler 30m from the shore. He had started with a body board attached to himself and a dan buoy but unfortunately the line became caught and he had to cut the board free. When he surfaced he was unable to locate the board. He appeared to be fit and well and he was escorted to the shore. The lifeboat crew searched unsuccessfully for the board.

He was given some advice about the advisability of swimming with a buddy or at least having an observer on the shore, especially in times of reduced visibility.


Request Received 7:38pm
Time at incident 25 minutes
Time to recovery 59 minutes
Back on Service 8:55pm


Sea/River State Calm inshore
Wind Direction Northwest
Wind Strength 7-16 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Chris Tracey (Helm)
Stuart Millard
Dean Nettleton

Shore Crew

Pete Callis (Tractor Driver)
Caleb Brown
Tom Shanley

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