Yacht with crab line round prop.

Launch No: 175
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Location: Close to the Mewstone. Dart Estuary

A 23 foot yacht with three on board, snagged a line from a crab pot close to the eastern side of the Mewstone and became immobilised. The Coastguard asked the RNLI lifeboat, Spirit of the Dart, to attend. The tide was carrying the tethered yacht away from the Mewstone but the imminent tidal change would have carried her back close to the rock. As the sea conditions were suitable helmsman Kevin Murphy went overboard but found that he could not reach the yacht's propeller with the line tightly wrapped round it. A bridle tow was set up, the line was cut and the yacht was towed back to her swinging mooring at Noss. Lifeboat crew. Kevin Murphy, helmsman. Rachel Cole and Al Duffy crew. Launch crew. Jerry Gilby, tractor driver. Jim Brent crew.


Request Received 3:19pm
Time at incident 57 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 31 minutes
Back on Service 5:00pm


Sea/River State Calm
Wind Direction South-Southeast
Wind Strength 4-6 knots

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