RNLI Torbay lifeboat crew rescue 13 metre yacht without power off Dartmouth

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Torbay all-weather lifeboat were tasked by Falmouth Coastguard at around 9am on Monday morning, 1 October, to assist a large yacht which had lost power around a mile off the entrance to the Dart estuary.

Andy Kyle Photography, Dartmouth

Casualty vessel alongside RNLITorbay lifeboat as they near Dartmouth Harbour

Five crew members aboard Severn Class lifeboat Alec & Christina Dykes launched the lifeboat on service and were with the casualty vessel within twenty minutes.

The lifeboat crew were able to attach a tow line to the casualty vessel - which had two persons on board - and tow her into Dartmouth, placing her alongside the lifeboat to continue to her mooring.

The rescue of the large vessel is the third such mission the lifeboat has carried out in recent weeks, coming hot on the heels (or keels!) of yacht Pelagis and fishing vessel Stronsay Maid.

The RNLI Torbay lifeboats have certainly had a busy few weeks, with many taskings for inshore lifeboat Leslie & Mary Daws recently too. RNLI Torbay is the third busiest lifeboat station in the South West (after Weymouth and Plymouth), with Devon the second busiest region in the UK (after Tower in London). With a volunteer crew of 27 and continuous and ongoing training with our RNLI colleagues at neighbouring stations such as Dart, Teignmouth and Salcombe as well as with local Coastguard colleagues, the Torbay team are well placed to help save lives at sea.

Notes to editors

Photos show:

(1) Casualty vessel alongside the lifeboat as she nears Dartmouth Harbour & (2) coming to safe mooring in Dartmouth (photo credits Andy Kyle Photography, Dartmouth)

(3) Tow line attached to the 13 metre vessel from the RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat (photo credit RNLI/R Fowler)

Torbay Lifeboat Station Key Facts:

RNLI media contacts

Victoria Bowen, RNLI Torbay Lifeboat Press Officer

07794 043 428 or vicki_bowen@rnli.org.uk

Emma Haines, RNLI Regional Media Officer:

01752 854450 or emma_haines@rnli.org.uk

or RNLI Public Relations at Poole HQ on 01202 336 789 (24 hours)

Andy Kyle Photography, Dartmouth

RNLI Torbay lifeboat brings the 13 metre yacht to safe mooring

RNLI/Richard Fowler

RNLI Torbay lifeboat crew attach a tow line to the yacht at sea

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