Two trapped by high spring tide at Forest Cove

Launch No: 181
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Location: Forest Cove, West of Blackpool Sands, Start Bay.

Two 18 year olds had hiked from Dartmouth and made their way to Forest Cove at low tide. They were then trapped by the incoming spring tide and forced up onto the rocks. They used a mobile to contact the Coastguard and were able to give their precise position. The Coastguard initially contacted the RNLI lifeguards at Blackpool Sands. Lifeguard Mike Turner used his paddleboard to reach Landcombe Cove and then swam to Forest Cove. He was then able to direct the crew of the Dart D class inshore lifeboat to the casualties on the rocks. The lifeboat returned Mike and his board, along with the casualties to Blackpool Sands where they were met by the Dartmouth mobile Coastguard team. Lifeboat crew. Kevin Murphy helmsman. Haydn Glanvill and Tony Rendle crew. Shore crew. Jim Brent tractor driver. Jerry Gilby crew.


Request Received 4:20pm
Time at incident 14 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 0 minutes
Back on Service 5:25pm


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

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