Lifeboat launches three times in two days to help river users
THE Dart inshore lifeboat had a busy time last weekend when it launched three times in two days to assist river users in distress.
The lifeboat was first called at 1.12am on Saturday after a fishing boat put out a call for help near Dittisham.
The six-metre open fishing boat, with two men onboard had been travelling back from fishing around the Skerries to Totnes when the boat hit the Anchorstone.
No-one was hurt in the collision but the boat was damaged and left without steering.
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The lifeboat crew were Kevin Murphy, at the helm, Tony Rendle and Mark Conroy with Jim Brent launching the lifeboat.
Helm Kevin Murphy decided to closely escort the boat back to Dartmouth for recovery.
As the recovery was on going the lifeboat was tasked by Brixham coastguard to assist an angler who reported a large object by the Western Blackstone drifting against the prevailing current.
The lifeboat ensured the fishing boat was safe before heading to the Western Blackstone to search for the object at 2.40am. After searching for more than two hours, the lifeboat did not find the object and returned to its base at 4.50am.
On Sunday, it was called at 8.56pm to assist four people stranded on a beach at Mill Point, Stoke Gabriel.
The crew of Kevin Murphy as helm, Lee Darch and Richard Eggleton attended the incident and led the walkers to safety using torches.
The boat was launched by Pete Callis and was recovered at 10.30pm.