An 80 year old sailor fell into the water whilst transferring from a mid-river pontoon
to his boat at 11pm on Saturday night. Fortunately John Sealey from the yacht Taxi
Service was close by and heard his shout for help. He threw him a life ring and secured
it but was unable to lift him from the water.
From right to left. James Hoare, helmsman. Chris Rampling lifeboat crew and Will
Davis Shore crew who came to help get the casualty ashore. Haydn Glanvill, paramedic
lifeboat crew was in the ambulance with the casualty.
James Hoare, a senior helmsman from RNLI Torbay station, was on relief duty this
weekend and helmed the boat. He said, “This man was certainly extremely lucky. He
was very fortunate that the water taxi heard his calls for help and was able to help
and raise the alarm so quickly. It could very easily have ended in tragedy; I would
say that together we saved this man’s life.”
Servicing Our Lifeboat
D class lifeboats are serviced at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre at East Cowes. Our boat,
D702, has currently been replaced by the brand new D812 from the Relief Fleet at
Poole while this servicing takes place. She had 10 minutes on the clock when she
arrived so her very first call out resulted in what is probably a Life Saved. We
will be receiving our own replacement D class, D838, in May 2019.
The River Clean
Up was a great success and fun at the same time.
The volunteers from the lifeboat teams, the Coastguards, Harbour Authority staff
and the Dartmouth Midi Skip family lined up before getting their feet wet. In fact
the Coastguards managed to arrange for their pagers to go off before any of them
had stepped on a boat! They were called to an “unexploded bomb” that one of our lifeboat
crew had dug up the day before. News travels slowly from Stoke Fleming! (And it wasn’t
a bomb) y-nearest/lifeboat-stations/dart-lifeboat-station The photos of the above event
have not come across at all well and they will be found on the station web site in
the Photo Gallery.. www.dartlifeboat.org.uk
Warning of ‘Portuguese Man o’ War’
Mark Cooper, our Dartmouth Harbour Master, has asked me to circulate the news that
a Portuguese Man o’ War has been sighted in the river. A purple float, shaped a little
like a Cornish pasty, is visible on the water’s surface whilst blue, tentacle-like
‘fishing polyps’ hang below; these can be tens of metres in length. It’s the tentacle-like
polyps that can give an agonising and potentially lethal sting, Because a stranded
Portuguese Man o’ war looks a bit like a deflating purple balloon with blue ribbons
attached, children will find it fascinating. So, if you’re visiting west coast beaches
in the next few weeks it’s well worth making sure you know what these animals look
like and that no one picks them up. The stings can be unbelievably painful and, in
rare cases, fatal.
On 19 January 2017 our Community Review was presented at the lifeboat station to
a high powered visiting team from the RNLI chaired by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
Centre. We presented reports on the RNLI Dart Lifeboat station, our 2017 Community
Review and our Lifeboat Operational report. The team visits all lifeboat stations
once every five years and the results of their deliberations will be made known after
Wednesday 27 September. This year has been our busiest ever up to this time in the
year and two call outs are being assessed as to whether they should be classified
as “Lives Saved” – we live in interesting times.