Single handed sailor adrift near Mewstone

Launch No: 134
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 1 October 2011
Location: Mewstone, Start Bay

A MayDay call was received from the sea angling boat, Sea Jay, who had seen a ketch drifting 20 feet from the Mewstone with no one visibly on board. The Sea Jay towed the ketch, Sea Brigand, out of danger and then handed over her care to the inshore lifeboat crew. The Canadian single handed sailor on the Sea Brigand had gone below after sailing all night and fallen asleep. A crewman was put on board and assisted the him in making his way to a visitor's berth at Dart Haven. Lifeboat crew; Yorkie Lomas Acting Helmsman, and Darren Hopley and Chris Rampling crewmen Shore crew; Jerry Gilby Jim Brent and Pete Callis.


Request Received 9:02am
Time at incident 46 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 16 minutes
Back on Service 10:30am


Sea/River State Slight Fog in the river
Wind Direction Southeast
Wind Strength 5-10 knots

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