Single handed yachtsman on 45ft yacht requires help.

Launch No: 452
Craft: Norma Ethel Vinall. B-825
Sunday, 20 September 2020
Location: East of the Skerries Bank. Start Bay
Photo: Andy Kyle
The 45ft yacht was towed to a berth in Dartmouth Harbour

HM Coastguard in Falmouth alerted the Dart DLA concerning a 45ft yacht with a single male onboard. Whilst on passage from Plymouth to Dartmouth the yacht suffered engine failure just east of the Skerries Bank buoy in Start Bay. He tried to sail on but was making little headway.There was no immediate danger to the skipper. He was fatigued however and communications between him and Falmouth CG were intermittent and faint. The Atlantic 85 was launched and successfully towed the yacht to the Deep Water Pontoon in Dart harbour.


Request Received 5:29pm
Time at incident 1 hour, 7 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 48 minutes
Back on Service 7:17pm


Sea/River State Slight Swell
Wind Direction North
Wind Strength 7-10 knots
AIS track of B-825 to yacht requiring help in Start Bay

Map: trackaship universal

Lifeboat Crew

Andy Pomeroy (Helm)
Karl Guess
Buster Hart
Tom Shanley

Shore Crew

Deputy Launch Authority

Michael Bryant-Mole

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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