Swamped kayakers are rescued. August 2012
Having launched over two hundred times since the Dart RNLI lifeboat became operational in November 2007 it allows us to see if there are any overall trends. It would seem that every callout is different; the wind may be absent or near to a hurricane, the craft may be a canoe or a forty five foot motor cruiser. At this time of year we often receive calls from those with a newly purchased boat or those going out for the first time in the season.
Date: Sat 5 Apr 2014
Photographer: J Fenton LPO
Fighting the fire on the African Queen.Operationally March was a spectacular month. Having only attended one minor boat fire in six and a half years there were two major fires within five nights, regrettably resulting in the total loss of both craft. There was no loss of life or serious injury to the owners or those fighting the fires in difficult night-time conditions. The RNLI film footage from the crew’s helmet camera of the Africa Queen blaze on the 10 March was seen on both BBC and ITV local television and appeared widely in the Press and on the radio.
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Date: Sat 12 Apr 2014
Location: Flat Owers, Galmpton, River Dart
A rowing skiff with 5 persons on board was making its way from Totnes to the start of the Head of the River race in Dartmouth.They went aground on the Flat Owers mud bank.When the lifeboat reached the scene they could not get to the boat due to the lack of water but made verbal contact to ensure that they were OK.The lifeboat remained on scene until the skiff refloated and escorted them back to Dartmouth where they were checked by the St John's Ambulance team.Lifeboat crew.Kevin Murphy helmsman.
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