Swimmer retrieved from the river

Launch No: 266
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 27 August 2016
Location: Dartmouth Harbour

The Dart inshore lifeboat was returning from an exercise when a member of the public onshore pointed to a person attempting to swim across the river. He stated that he was swimming back to his boat on the deep water pontoons. He was taken to the pontoons and then dived in again to swim to the next pontoon. He was then returned to the Dartmouth shore and the Water Taxi was called for him. The Harbour Authority gave him advice regarding swimming in a busy fairway.


Request Received 3:25pm
Time to recovery 20 minutes
Back on Service 4:00pm


Sea/River State River Calm
Wind Direction Southeast
Wind Strength 7-10 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Chris Tracey (Helm)
Dean Nettleton
Stuart Millard

Shore Crew

Steve Wallis (Tractor Driver)

Deputy Launch Authority

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

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