Yacht aground on Blackness Rock

Launch No: 255
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Sunday, 29 May 2016
Location: Blackness Rock. River Dart

The RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat was diverted from an exercise to attend a 7.2m yacht with two adults onboard. The yacht had sailed onto the Blackness Rock and was caught fast by her rudder. A member of the lifeboat crew went into the water and was able to free the rudder and the vessel refloated. The crew then checked the yacht for any other damage and ingress of water, but all was well. The yacht was then able to proceed up to Totnes under her own power.


Request Received 11:59am
Time to recovery 36 minutes
Back on Service 12:55pm


Sea/River State River Calm
Wind Direction Northeast
Wind Strength 7-11 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Buster Hart (Helm)
Aaron Spicer
Dean Nettleton

Shore Crew

Dai Richards (Tractor Driver)

Deputy Launch Authority

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

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