Unlit, unmanned boat off Blackpool Sands

Launch No: 307
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Friday, 25 August 2017
Location: Blackpool sands, Start Bay.

Tasked by the coastguard to investigate an unlit boat with no crew on board, lying off Blackpool Sands. The crew had gone ashore in a tender and were having a BBQ on the beach. They also reported seeing a young man walking to the east end of the beach who had not been seen to return. He was identified by a second coastguard team walking up the road above Blackpool Sands before a search was instigated.


Request Received 8:42pm
Time at incident 15 minutes
Time to recovery 53 minutes
Back on Service 10:00pm


Sea/River State Calm
Wind Direction West
Wind Strength 1-6 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Crispin Brabner
Dean Nettleton

Shore Crew

Simon Amphlett (Tractor Driver)
Haydn Glanvill
Pete Callis

Deputy Launch Authority

Station address

RNLI Dart Lifeboat Station
Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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