Burnham-on-Sea D class lifeboat paged to investigate fishing boat
Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers were paged at 5.03 pm today to investigate reports of a fishing boat in distress at the North end of Steart Island
D Class lifeboat Burnham Reach was speedily launched and the crew of three set off to investigate. The vessel was soon located at the edge of the main channel on Berrow Flats.
Upon investigation, the crew found the vessel was not in distress and the occupants were simply fishing. After exchanging friendly greetings, the volunteers in the D class lifeboat returned to Burnham beach for recovery by the station shore crew. The lifeboat washed down at the RNLI station, before being made ready for the next launch.
Lifeboat Helmsman Stuart Lacey said; ‘Due to the sun’s reflection from the fishing boat’s white hull, it was difficult to tell whether the boat was in distress, or not, until you got quite close. In fact they were properly equipped, and experienced, just enjoying an afternoon’s fishing. A false alarm with good intent.’
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File name: D_Class_Recover (Credit Mike Lang/RNLI)
D class lifeboat Burnham Reach approaching the launching tractor Kays Cart before recovery
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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