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Dartmouth lifeboat crew pump out sinking yacht

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: December 11, 2012

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Picture by the RNLI Dart lifeboat

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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

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