RNLI Torbay lifeboat crew rescue 39 foot vessel drifting in total darkness

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Torbay all-weather lifeboat were tasked by Solent Coastguard at around 8pm on Sunday evening, 14 October following a Pan Pan request for assistance (a Pan Pan being one level below Mayday, meaning urgent assistance needed, but no lives in immediate danger).

The RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat brings the sailing vessel into Dartmouth

Andy Kyle Photography, Dartmouth

The RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat brings the sailing vessel into Dartmouth

The large sailing vessel had suffered engine and transmission failure and problems with spare sails, and was drifting in seas with a two metre swell, some 5 miles south east of the entrance to Dartmouth Harbour.

Seven crew members aboard Severn Class lifeboat Alec & Christina Dykes launched the lifeboat on service and were able to rendezvous with the casualty vessel in the darkness.

Despite the rough sea conditions and 25 knot winds, the volunteer lifeboat crew were able to attach a tow line to the stricken vessel - which had two persons aboard - and tow her to Dartmouth. Once inside the entrance to the Dart the casualty vessel was placed alongside the lifeboat to continue to safe mooring on the Town Pontoon.

The rescue of this sailing vessel is the fourth the RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat has carried out in recent weeks, following that of yacht Pelagis, fishing vessel Stronsay Maid and a further large sailing vessel last week (which was also taken in to Dartmouth).

The lifeboat Coxswains, mechanic and volunteer crew remain on duty 24/7 to offer help to those around our coastlines and at sea when the weather takes a turn for the worse, accidents happen or equipment fails.

Notes to editors

Photos show: the sailing vessel being brought in to Dartmouth alongside the RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat

Photos courtesy of Andy Kyle Photography, Dartmouth

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Victoria Bowen, RNLI Torbay Lifeboat Press Officer

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01752 854450 or emma_haines@rnli.org.uk

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

The RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat brings the sailing vessel into Dartmouth

Andy Kyle Photography, Dartmouth

Casualty vessel safely alongside at Dartmouth Town Pontoon

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