Dart and Torbay RNLI lifeboats respond to call from trawler taking on water
The RNLI Dart in shore D class lifeboat Spirit of the Dart and the Torbay all-weather Severn class lifeboat Alec and Christina Dykes launched on Friday (30 June) to assist a 54 foot converted trawler, Endrick 2, with three crew on board which started to take on water as she was passing Dartmouth
The boat was on passage from Plymouth to Swanage when the RNLI was asked to launch by the UK Coastguard after the Harbour Authority was alerted by National Coastwatch Institution volunteers at Froward Point.
The volunteer crew of the Dart RNLI lifeboat, which launched at 3pm, took out a salvage pump and was able to suck the engine room dry and prevent the ship's engine failing. It was discovered that the water was coming from a leaking stern gland and none of the boats pumps had worked.
The Endrick 2 was making her own way slowly into Dartmouth Harbour when the Torbay RNLI all-weather lifeboat arrived and took her in an alongside tow to the Commercial pontoon.
At the time of the incident the wind was North West 11-16 kinots and the sea state was a 0.5metre swell
Dart lifeboat crew. Kevin Murphy, helm, Haydn Glanvill, Kevin John and Will Davies crew.
Launch crew. Jerry Gilby, tractor driver. Bob Thomas, Mark Strudwick and Crispin Brabner crew.
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.