Yacht loses propellor and can't sail as not enough wind

Launch No: 472
Craft: Norma Ethel Vinall. B-825
Saturday, 10 July 2021
Location: Blackpool Sands
Photo: Sophie Rennie
Escort Duty

Dart B-Class was launched to assist a yacht with 2 persons on board who suddenly lost the use of the propellor just off the beach at Blackpool Sands. By pure chance an off duty member of the lifeboat crew happened to be on a boat in the vacinity and so they took up a tow and headed back towrards Dartmouth. The volunteer crew started an escort in case of any problems but they were then tasked to another incident near Torcross. The assisting vessel towed them all the way back to their mooring at Old Mill Creek with the assistance of the harbour authority who alerted the ferries to allow them a clear passage.

Photo: Stuart Millard
Tow underway


Request Received 10:09am
Time at incident 0 minutes
Time to recovery 0 minutes
Back on Service 10:09am


Sea/River State Smooth
Wind Direction Southeast
Wind Strength 4-6 knots Force 2

Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Jamie Mathys
Ewen Menzies
Stuart Millard

Shore Crew

Nigel Viles
Christopher Lee
Natasha Pettigrew

Deputy Launch Authority

Mark Strudwick

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

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