Burnham-on-Sea RNLI paged to assist distressed people
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.
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.’
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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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