Burnham-on-Sea RNLI paged to assist distressed people

Lifeboats News Release

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers were paged at 6.15pm this evening (Thursday 12 July) after Milford Haven Coastguard control received a report of two people apparently in difficulties after entering the water from Burnham beach.

Burnham-on-Sea D Class lifeboat 'Burnham Reach- shortly after launch

RNLI/Adam Bradbury-Smith

Burnham-on-Sea D Class lifeboat 'Burnham Reach- shortly after launch

Both lifeboats were immediately launched and conducted a search of the coastline, whilst the Burnham coastguard rescue team searched along the beach. Also involved in the search were local police, and a helicopter.

The search continued until soon after 7pm, just after high water, when coastguard control called off the fruitless search, deeming it a false alarm with good intent. The lifeboats were recovered by the shore team, and taken back to the Lifeboat station for wash-down before being made ready for service.

Helmsman Jason Coombes said; ‘We conducted a shoreline search from Burnham jetty to just past the Lower Lighthouse on Berrow beach. We also asked various swimmers but there was no sign of anybody in distress.’

Notes to editors

Images with this short release

File name: Swimmer_launch (RNLI/Adam Bradbury_Smith)

Burnham’s D class, Burnham Reach, just after launch

File name: Swimmer_recovery (RNLI/Mike Lang)

Recovering D class lifeboat Burnham Reach

Lifeboats in service at Burnham-on-Sea:

A 7.5m Atlantic 75 named Staines Whitfield and a smaller 4.95m D class IB1 inflatable named Burnham Reach The station was opened officially on 15th May 2004, but has been operational since December 2003.

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Burnham Reach ready for recovery at Burnham-on-Sea town jetty

RNLI/Mike Lang

Burnham Reach ready for recovery at Burnham-on-Sea town jetty

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