Two lifeboat search after flares sighted in Start Bay

Launch No: 382
Craft: Joan Bate. B-794
Friday, 19 April 2019
Location: Six miles South East of Dartmouth. Start Bay.

A sailing. yacht reported a sighting of orange / yellow flares six miles south east of Dartmouth. The Dart RNLI Atlantic lifeboat was tasked by the Solent Coastguard to search in tandem with the Torbay RNLI all weather lifeboat. The search pattern was calculated by the Coastguard from the position of the yacht and the bearing that they gave. Each leg of the search was 4.2 miles long at 12 knots. The yacht also joined the search. After one and a half hours, when nothing had been found, the lifeboats were stood down.


Request Received 9:45pm
Time at incident 1 hour, 30 minutes
Time to recovery 3 hour, 0 minutes
Back on Service 1:00am


Sea/River State Calm
Wind Direction Northeast
Wind Strength 7 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Caleb Brown
Chris Rampling

Shore Crew

Will Davis

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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