Yacht using emergency steering brought to harbour

Launch No: 342
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 9 June 2018
Location: Eastern Blackstone. Three miles east of Dartmouth. Start bay.
Kevin Murphy using the emergency tiller to sail to Dartmouth.
Photo: Tom Shanley RNLI crew
Kevin Murphy using the emergency tiller to sail to Dartmouth.

A 35ft. yacht with two onboard and using emergency steering for the last four hours requested assistance. The Dart inshore lifeboat had been returned to service for 1 minute when the second call was received. The pagers were not activated as a full lifeboat and shore crew were at the station. Kevin Murphy boarded the yacht and took the helm to assist them in sailing to Dartmouth Harbour and then berthing at Darthaven Marina.


Request Received 2:07pm
Time at incident 33 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 3 minutes
Back on Service 3:28pm


Sea/River State Slight Swell
Wind Direction East
Wind Strength 7 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Rich Eggleton (Helm)
Kevin Murphy
Tom Shanley

Shore Crew

Karl Guess (Tractor Driver)
Dani Lodge
Steve Wallis

Deputy Launch Authority

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Coronation Park
North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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