Two kayakers reported to be aground on Flat Owers mudbank

Launch No: 429
Craft: Dudley Jane. D-838
Saturday, 6 June 2020
Location: Flat Owers mud bank. River Dart
Dart D class lifeboat & shore crew
Photo: Andy Kyle
Dart D class lifeboat & shore crew

Dart ILB was tasked after reports of two kayakers stuck upriver on Flat Owers mud bank near Dittisham. Berry Head Coastguard team were on scene and had requested assistance from the RNLI Dart D class inshore lifeboat. When the lifeboat arrived on scene the two kayakers were found to have re-floated and were trying to return to a larger group of four in the Greenway area. Due to exhaustion the two kayakers were towed to Greenway and reunited with their group. Berry Head Coastguard team then spoke with them all. The group had travelled from Oxford and were intending to camp overnight on the River bank.


Request Received 12:38pm
Time at incident 37 minutes
Time to recovery 2 hour, 2 minutes
Back on Service 3:10pm


Sea/River State River Choppy
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength 17-21 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Caleb Brown
Ewen Menzies

Shore Crew

Karl Guess (Tractor Driver)
Karl Madge
Pete Callis
Rich Eggleton

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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