Update 2 Feb. 2017
Regrettably Dart D’Tales can no longer be produced and distributed in its current form. The November 2016 issue was the last. Many thanks to all those who produced copy and photographs over the 28 issues and to our loyal advertisers and the Friends of the Dart lifeboat, without whom it could not have been produced.
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Date: Mon 6 Feb 2017
Operational report.There were 29 shouts in 2016. This is also the average number of times we have been called out over the last nine years. Three launches made the news, nationally and internationally, in 2016. The life of a hypothermic kayaker was saved in May. The capsizing French trawlers hit the headlines in March and the rescue of a hen party aground on the mud in Old Mill Creek was one of two mud rescues carried out over the year, working with the Fire Rescue Service and the local Coastguards.The Marine Accident Report on the grounding of the two trawlers...
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Date: Wed 22 Mar 2017
Location: A quarter of a mile off Blackpol Sands. Start Bay.
Photographer: RNLI Dart lifeboat crew
Many reports were received that a female Humpback Whale had become entangled in a string of whelk pots a quarter of a mile from Blackpool Sands.Dart Lifeboat self-launched to assist and provide safety cover for British Divers Marine Life Rescue who were attending the scene in an attempt to release it.Two divers were taken aboard the lifeboat and approached the 8 metre whale to assess the situation.The divers were assisted by two of the lifeboat crew who remained on the beach whilst the Dartmouth Coastguard SAR team provided a communication link.
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