Speedboat taking on water when engine and fuel pump failed

Launch No: 405
Craft: Joan Bate. B-794
Thursday, 15 August 2019
Location: Half a mile off Scabbacombe beach. Start Bay.
Speedboat under tow in Dartmouth harbour
Photo: Andy Kyle
Speedboat under tow in Dartmouth harbour

The Coastguard tasked the RNLI Dart Atlantic 75 inshore lifeboat to a 16ft speedboat reported to be taking on water off Scabbacombe beach. There were two onboard. Their engine and fuel pump had failed and the boat started taking on water in the moderately choppy sea. A catamaran was standing by them and gave an accurate position. The lifeboat was launched and transferred a crewman to the vessel to provide communications.  Once under tow the situation stabilised and they were taken to the Dart Marina until they could again access their trailer.


Request Received 11:27am
Time at incident 1 hour, 15 minutes
Time to recovery 2 hour, 3 minutes
Back on Service 1:30pm


Sea/River State Moderate Chop
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength 11-16 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Lee Darch
Stuart Millard

Shore Crew

Caleb Brown

Deputy Launch Authority

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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