Skipper rescued from river and wife found in dory

Launch No: 169
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Monday, 1 April 2013
Location: Upstream of Noss Marina. River Dart.

The Dart inshore lifeboat was called at the request of the Coastguard after they had received a 999 call reporting cries for help coming from the river in the vicinity of the Noss Marina. A couple had been returning in their dory to their boat moored off Higher Noss Creek. Close to their boat the skipper fell in and the uncontrolled boat with his wife and dog on board continued up the river in the dark. The skipper was recovered by another yachtsman moored nearby, Jamie Hudson Bond, who searched for him in his tender and found him clinging to the bow rope of the skipper's yacht. By that time he had been in the 7 degree C. water for twenty minutes and was very cold. He took him to the Noss Marina where he was assessed by an ambulance crew and transferred to Torbay Hospital. The dory, with his wife on board, eventually hit the bank on the Kingswear side further upstream of the incident where she and the dog were located by the lifeboat crew and taken to the Noss Marina. Lifeboat crew; Buster Hart, helmsman. Yorkie Lomas and Steve Wallis, crew. Launch crew; Jim Brent, tractor driver. Mark Conroy, launch crew.


Request Received 8:52pm
Time at incident 54 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 18 minutes
Back on Service 10:20pm


Sea/River State River Calm Flooding
Wind Direction East
Wind Strength 19-24 knots

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