MEMBERS of the Dartmouth-based Dart lifeboat crew sped to the rescue of a sinking yacht in the river on Sunday.
The alarm was raised just after 11.30am when Guy Cotton, a local boatman who lives and works on the Dart, noticed that the 45-foot sloop Connemara Rose was low in the water at her mooring in Dartmouth harbour.
He boarded her and tried to reduce the water in the boat with a small pump.
When this was unsuccessful he called the Coastguard who diverted the RNLI inshore lifeboat from their Sunday morning training exercise to assist.
The lifeboat crew brought a larger pump and were able to stabilise the situation.
A spokesman said one of the crew was up to his waist in water inside the boat as he searched for the leak. Mr Cotton and a Dart Harbour Navigation Authority launch then towed the sloop to the DHNA works at Hoodown where the addition of a third pump reduced the water in the boat to a level where a crewman could plug the leaks.
The lifeboat was crewed by helmsman Kevin Murphy and crewmen Haydn Glanvill and Yorkie Lomas