Topper sailor rescued off Beesands

Launch No: 159
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Location: Half a mile off Beesands, Start Bay

An elderly local sailor capsized in his Topper half a mile off Beesands and was unable to get back on board. He was spotted by two S Devon College Training yachts, Endeavour and Aspiration. He and his craft were taken on board the Endeavour, skippered by Ian Mills. He had been in the water for some 15 minutes and was very cold. The Dart inshore lifeboat was tasked by the Coast Guard to assess the situation and took Haydn Glanville, their Paramedic crew-man. Although the Coast Guard helicopter was on exercise in the area its services were not required. The sailor was given a change of clothing and brought back by Endeavour to Dartmouth where he was assessed at the local Cottage Hospital. Lifeboat crew; Squiff Howitt Helmsman. Haydn Glanville and Kevin John crew. Lanch crew Jim Brent Tractor driver.


Request Received 2:39pm
Time at incident 9 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 1 minutes
Back on Service 3:55pm


Sea/River State Calm
Wind Direction Northwest
Wind Strength 11-16 knots

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