Boatman rescued from the River Dart after an hour in the water
Both Dart RNLI lifeboats were launched at 1am on (Monday 29 April) after a report of a man in the water.
The Dart B class lifeboat and Dart D class lifeboat crew were tasked at 1.23am to reports of a person in the water in the
area around the Town Pontoon, Dartmouth. Both lifeboats immediately launched and searched the river in that area. The casualty was found in the water beside the new temporary pontoons, near the double Steps, with a member of the public was holding onto him.
The casualty had fallen into the water an hour before as he was boarding his boat. He had a lifejacket on which had inflated but as both lifeboats arrived on scene only his head was visible and he was seen to be slipping under the pontoon. Four volunteer crew from the two lifeboats jumped ashore and immediately got hold of the casualty and recovered him to the pontoon. The casualty was then returned in the D class lifeboat to the lifeboat station to a waiting ambulance for checks. The volunteer crew also checked the member of the public who raised the alarm. He was found to be fit and well. In the opinion of the Coastguard control at Falmouth this was considered to be a life saved.
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, in a normal year, 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.