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83 SPONSORED BY PREMIER NOSS ON DART


A LOOK AT THE RNLI DART CALLOUTS DURING 2020


Dart, in July 2019 and responded to 10 shouts in 2020. All bar one were to people in trouble in Dartmouth Harbour (one) and up the River Dart (seven). In total, RNLI Dart responded


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to 33 callouts over the year. 14 were to yachts, of which six were being sailed by single handers. Paddleboarders, kayakers and motor cruisers accounted for another four each. There were calls to two small fishing boats and one each to a RIB, an inflatable, a speedboat and a dog in the water. On four occasions two lifeboats


were launches in response to a call out. On Saturday 19th


September


the Dart volunteers were able to respond in the Atlantic lifeboat to a Mayday call from a 33 ft yacht with three on-board as they crossed the Skerries bank and were dismasted. The wind was gusting 25 kn and there was a 2m swell. They were able to reach the three uninjured yachtsmen very quickly, aided by their VHF radio direction finding capabilities, but the tow back against the wind and sea took 1¾ hours. In early July seven people were flung into the water when a yacht capsized up-river as the sails were put up. The westerly wind was gusting to force six. The B class lifeboat rescued three from the water and the D class was able to go ashore to aid the four who had swum to a very muddy river bank.


he new D class, D-838 Dudley Jane, took over from our original D class, Spirit of the


D-838 in training at Dartmouth Castle. 27 August 2020 - photo: Stuart Millard.


Later that month both lifeboats went to the aid of a Dutch lady who had fallen in her yacht near Dittisham. She suffered a severe head injury. The crew of both boats were needed to lift her from her yacht to the larger B class lifeboat. The D class then took her husband to the ambulance so that he could accompany his wife to hospital. Both lifeboats are sent if a search


is required for a missing craft or person.


In early July seven people were flung into the water when a yacht capsized


up-river as the sails were put up.


Fourteen eyes are better than


eight. Two paddle boarders set off from Blackpool Sands in 17 to 21 knot winds from the south-west.


One got back to shore but the other was swept out of sight and found by the crew of the B class off Redlap Cove. Once they had returned the paddleboarder to Blackpool Sands the crew of the B class lifeboat were then able to escort the D class back to the more sheltered waters of the river. Salcombe and Torbay are our RNLI flank stations. A 20 ft motor cruiser with engine failure gave his position as being off Slapton Sands. He could not be found there and the Tamar all weather lifeboat from Salcombe joined the search. They found him off Start Point and towed him towards Dartmouth for the Dart lifeboat to take over the tow. The trial to see if the callouts


and weather conditions warranted adding a B class lifeboat to RNLI Dart began on 19 September 2018 and ended almost 2 years later,


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