Windsurfer unable to reach shore

Launch No: 313
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Sunday, 10 September 2017
Location: Beesands. Start Bay

Falmouth Coastguard tasked RNLI Dart D class lifeboat and RNLI Salcombe Tamar all weather lifeboat to a windsurfer off Beesands who appeared to be unable to return to the beach in the prevailing wind conditions. Dart lifeboat launched in eight minutes but was recalled as they reached the Lower Ferry in Dartmouth Harbour as the windsurfer had landed safely.


Request Received 1:00pm
Time to recovery 20 minutes
Back on Service 1:30pm


Sea/River State Moderate
Wind Direction Southwest
Wind Strength 11-21 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Kevin Murphy
Yorkie Lomas

Shore Crew

Stuart Millard (Tractor Driver)
Katy Sarah
Rich Eggleton
Tom Shanley

Deputy Launch Authority

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

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