Water in fuel causes motor cruiser engine failure

Launch No: 100
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Location: Dart Estuary

Requested by HMCG to assist a broken down 26' Bayliner Motorcruiser with two persons on board near the Mewstone. The vessel was on route from Torquay to Dartside Quay, Galmpton, for a lift out. On arrival the casualty was again under its own power and had reached the Checkstone buoy, although the engine had cut out several times. Dart lifeboat escorted the vessel up river. At the Anchor Stone the engine cut out again and could not be restarted. The vessel was taken in tow by Dart Lifeboat and secured at Dartside Quay. The problem was water in the fuel. Lifeboat crew, Lloyd Turner Helm, Yorkie Lomas and Chris Rampling crew. Launch crew, Jim Brent Tractor driver, Tony Chapman and Al Duffy shore crew.


Request Received 8:34am
Time at incident 1 hour, 2 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 31 minutes
Back on Service 10:47am


Sea/River State Choppy 1m swell. Rain and low visibility
Wind Direction West-Southwest
Wind Strength 7-16 knots

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