Both Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboats launched to persons reported cut off by tide

Lifeboats News Release

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers launched both lifeboats at 4.03pm yesterday (8 Feb) after persons were reported to be cut off by the tide, on the south side of Brean Down.

Shows the RNLI lifeboat Staines Whitfield, launching from Burnham-on-Sea beach.

RNLI/Mike Lang

Shows the RNLI lifeboat Staines Whitfield, launching from Burnham-on-Sea beach.

On arrival at the casualty area, lifeboat crew discovered two properly equipped climbers, busy scaling the cliff edge after previously absailing down.

Volunteer helm Nick Edrich challenged the climbers to ensure they were not in distress, before contacting Milford Haven Coastguard control. The volunteers were stood down and returned the lifeboats to Burnham slipway for recovery by the station shore team

Nick said; ‘With the dropping temperature, this could have been a serious situation. However, the climbers did not need rescuing.'

Lifeboat Press Officer Mike Lang added; ‘It would have been helpful if the climbers had contacted HM Coastguard before starting their exercise. However, this was a false alarm with good intention

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