Yacht with fouled anchor at Blackpool Sands

Launch No: 348
Craft: Spirit of the Dart. D-702
Saturday, 21 July 2018
Location: Blackpool Sands. Start Bay
Photo: John Fenton. Lifeboat Press Officer
Yacht with fouled anchor off Blackpool Sands

The skipper of a 30 ft. yacht with three on board requested help when he fouled his anchor whilst lying off Blackpool Sands. There was a steady southerly wind and he was lying off a lee shore. The lifeboat managed to rotate the yacht around the anchor point, but to no avail. The decision was made to attach a buoy to the anchor line and to cut it free. The Coastguard requested that the lifeboat escort the yacht to the entrance of Dartmouth Harbour as the yacht had no anchor to deploy in the event of engine failure. The yacht safely returned to harbour under motor.


Request Received 3:00pm
Time at incident 46 minutes
Time to recovery 1 hour, 33 minutes
Back on Service 4:50pm


Sea/River State Slight to Moderate
Wind Direction South-Southwest
Wind Strength
Launch 348. Yacht with fouled anchor off Blackpool Sands.

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Lifeboat Crew

Kevin Murphy (Helm)
Caleb Brown
Haydn Glanvill

Shore Crew

Karl Guess (Tractor Driver)
Rich Eggleton
Katy Sarah
Dani Lodge
Tom Shanley

Deputy Launch Authority

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North Embankment
Devon TQ6 9RR

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