Wooden 26ft yacht with engine failure near the Mewstone

Launch No: 324
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Friday, 1 December 2017
Location: Dart estuary
Photo: Andy Kyle
Inshore Lifeboat with 26ft yacht under tow.

A single handed sailor was sailing his 26ft yacht from Dartmouth to Teignmouth but his engine failed when he attempted to use it near Berry Head. He returned to Dartmouth but was drifting towards the Mewstone and requested help. The lifeboat was launched and towed him to his mooring at Noss Marina.


Request Received 2:10pm
Time at incident 55 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 20 minutes
Back on Service 3:50pm


Sea/River State Slight to Moderate Very choppy at river entrance
Wind Direction North
Wind Strength 17-27 knots Force 5-6
AIS track of inshore lifeboat on L324

Map: trackaship universal

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Yorkie Lomas
Stuart Millard

Shore Crew

Jerry Gilby (Tractor Driver)
Karl Guess
Katy Sarah
Tom Shanley

Deputy Launch Authority

Station address

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

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