Yacht with no steering brought to harbour

Launch No: 407
Craft: Joan Bate. B-794
Saturday, 24 August 2019
Location: 2 miles south of the Dart estuary.
40ft yacht with no steering being towed back to her berth
Photo: David Bown
40ft yacht with no steering being towed back to her berth

The RNLI Dart Atlantic 75 lifeboat was diverted from training by the Coastguard to a 40ft yacht in Start Bay with a rope around her propeller and rudder. Her three crew were unable to steer her and she was heading for Dartmouth under jib. The  lifeboat quickly established a tow and she was taken to her berth in Dartmouth Harbour.


Request Received 1:32pm
Time at incident 15 minutes
Time to recovery 23 minutes
Back on Service 2:30pm


Sea/River State Slight Swell
Wind Direction East-Southeast
Wind Strength 7-10 knots

Lifeboat Crew

Rich Eggleton (Helm)
Crispin Brabner
Tom Shanley

Shore Crew

Deputy Launch Authority

Station address

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

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