To investigate missing navigation buoy

Launch No: 191
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Sunday, 6 October 2013
Location: River Dart estuary

The Coastguard had received a report that the Checkstone buoy at the entrance to the River Dart was missing. They were unable to contact the Harbour Authority and wanted the matter checked before they issued a security warning to shipping. The crew were assembled and checked the location. The buoy was still just visible, but about 2 feet below the surface. It was still anchored to the seabed but the tide had dragged it under the surface. The Checkstone is a very large steel port hand buoy and its sunken position had made it a hazard to shipping. Lifeboat crew. Buster Hart, helmsman. Tony Rendle crew. Launch crew. Dai Richards, tractor driver. Yorkie Lomas crew.


Request Received 10:09am
Time at incident 10 minutes
Time to recovery 45 minutes
Back on Service 11:00am


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

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