Windsurfer rescued in difficult sea conditions off Forrest Cove

Launch No: 475
Craft: Norma Ethel Vinall. B-825
Friday, 6 August 2021
Location: Half a mile off Forrest Cove, Start Bay.
Photo: Judith Pennell (visiting yachtswoman)
Dart RNLI launches to windsurfer in Start Bay

The father of the two youths in their kayak who had just been escorted ashore by the Dart inshore lifeboat, decided to launch his windsurfer from Slapton Sands and to go and find them. He was reported by many members of the public to be in trouble approximately half a mile off Forrest Cove, south west of Blackpool Sands. Forty minutes after returning to station the Dart RNLI inshore lifeboat was re-launched to assist him. He was constantly falling off his windsurfer in the strong winds and choppy sea conditions. The windsurfer, with his craft, was taken into the lifeboat and transferred to Blackpool Sands where he was met by members of the Coastguard Rescue team.


Request Received 3:01pm
Time at incident 21 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 14 minutes
Back on Service 4:15pm


Sea/River State Choppy
Wind Direction West-Southwest
Wind Strength 11-21 knots
The red circle to the left shows the position of the windsurfer.

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Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Lee Darch
Buster Hart
Stuart Millard

Shore Crew

Deputy Launch Authority

Phil Braackenburg

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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