Two rescued in Dory 20 feet from rocks

Launch No: 210
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Monday, 19 May 2014
Location: Coombe Point. Start Bay

A dory with two adults on board had been swamped as they attempted to land at Hallsands beach. On their return to Dartmouth the engine cut out when they were 20 feet from the rocks at Coombe Point. They used VHF to contact the Coastguard who requested the Dart lifeboat to launch. The two boatmen were very cold and wet from their immersion at Hallsands. They were towed back to Dartmouth Higher ferry slip where the lifeboat crew were joined by the RNLI launch crew and the dory was recovered to its trailer. The boatmen were taken to the lifeboat station for a hot drink and to dry off.


Request Received 12:57pm
Time at incident 2 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 3 minutes
Back on Service 2:15pm


Sea/River State Choppy
Wind Direction Southeast
Wind Strength 7-16 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Yorkie Lomas
Jamie Mathys

Shore Crew

Jerry Gilby (Tractor Driver)
Steve Wallis

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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