Torbay lifeboat called to sinking dive boat off Torquay
TORBAY'S RNLI lifeboat was launched on Saturday afternoon after a small diving boat started taking in water off Torquay's Meadfoot Beach.
The lifeboat was launched at 2.15pm on its 38th callout of the year so far.
The incident happened 300 metres off Meadfoot (see chart above) and involved a rigid inflatable dive boat called MayDay.
Several vessels attended.
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Divers were down at the time and while a yacht called Freedom attended to the RIB - others collected the divers as they surfaced and returned them to vessel Awesome Explorer.
The Freedom then suffered a fouled propellor after snagging a lobster pot and had to be towed into Torquay harbour.
The Torbay Council patrol boat Oscar IV also took part in the rescue.