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Single hander's yacht with shredded sails brought into Dartmouth by RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A concerned member of the public called the Coastguard when they saw a 35ft yacht with shredded sails anchored east of Start Point.

Yacht with shredded sails under tow in Start Bay

RNLI/Will Davis Dart lifeboat crew

Yacht with shredded sails under tow by RNLI Salcombe all weather lifeboat
The Falmouth Coastguard tasked the Salcombe RNLI Tamar lifeboat to tow the six tonne vessel towards Dartmouth and then to hand over the tow to the Dart B class inshore lifeboat crew. The tow was transferred south east of Blackpool Sands. The single handed sailor had left Plymouth two days before and had met high winds in the Channel which shredded his sails.
The yacht was towed to the Town Jetty in Dartmouth Harbour and was met by the Dartmouth Coastguard Search and Rescue team.
Yacht with shredded sails under tow by RNLI Dart in Dartmouth harbour

RNLI/Will Davis Dart lifeboat crew

Yacht with shredded sails under tow by RNLI Dart in Dartmouth harbour
Yacht with shredded sails being berthed by RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat.

RNLI/Andy Kyle

Yacht with shredded sails being berthed by RNLI Dart inshore lifeboat.

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