Single handed sailor with engine failure in Start Bay

Launch No: 304
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Location: Start Bay
Photo: John Fenton

The owner of a 27ft yacht was making very little headway towards  Plymouth so decided to use his engine to clear Start Point. The engine became decoupled from the prop shaft. He contacted the Falmouth Coastguard who tasked the Dart inshore lifeboat which was on exercise

in the harbour mouth. The lifeboat crew asked the volunteers at Froward Point to direct them to the casualty vessel as they found no yacht in the reported position. Once the vessel had been identified she was taken in tow and left overnight at the Dartmouth Yacht Club pontoon.


Request Received 8:08pm
Time at incident 48 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 10 minutes
Back on Service 9:30pm


Sea/River State Slight Swell
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength 7-10 knots Force 3

Lifeboat Crew

Katy Sarah
Stuart Millard

Shore Crew

Karl Guess (Tractor Driver)
Jamie Mathys
Tom Shanley

Deputy Launch Authority

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RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station
Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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