Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers launch to assist yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers were paged by Milford Haven Coastguard control to standby, after a 30ft yacht was reported to be aground in the Bristol Channel near Stert Island.

RNLI Lifeboat 'Staines Whitfield' en route to the beach

RNLI/Mike Lang

RNLI Lifeboat 'Staines Whitfield' en route to the beach
Ultimately, D Class lifeboat Burnham Reach was launched at around 9.50 pm, closely followed by Atlantic 75 lifeboat Staines Whitfield at 10.05 pm.

The yacht was located to the West of Stert Island, and the yachtsman assisted in the re-floating of his craft.

The Burnham lifeboat crews escorted the yachtsman to safe waters, and being soon after low water, he was unable to return to his mooring in the River Brue. Being suitably well-equipped, after some discussion, the yachtsman was left to self-navigate into the Brue as soon as there was enough water to reach his berth.

The volunteer crews were therefore stood down by Coastguard control, and returned the lifeboats to Burnham slipway for recovery and wash down by the shore crew. The Atlantic 75 being recovered at 11.15 pm.

Helmsman Tim Walters stated; ‘ He was well equipped with life jackets etc. We ensured he was safe and out of danger before leaving him to proceed independently.’

D Class lifeboat' Burnham Reach' preparing to leave the lifeboat station

RNLI/Mike Lang

D Class lifeboat' Burnham Reach' preparing to leave the lifeboat station

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