Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers paged at 09.27 am

Lifeboats News Release

Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat volunteers were paged by Milford Haven Coastguard control at 09.27 am today, Thursday 11 April, after a person was reported in the waters of the River Parret, at Combwich.

Burnham-on-Sea D Class lifeboat Burnham Reach being recovered on Burnham beach, by the station softrak launching tractor

RNLI/Mike Lang

Burnham-on-Sea D Class lifeboat Burnham Reach being recovered on Burnham beach

Burnham-on Sea RNLI Lifeboat Burnham Reach was speedily launched with a crew of two and made it’s way up river towards the casualty. As the volunteers arrived it became evident that the casualty had already been recovered from the water, Coastguard Control stood the lifeboat down, and the crew returned Burnham Reach to Burnham-on-Sea for recovery and wash-down by the shore crew volunteers

Also tasked to the incident were local charity BARB Search and Rescue, with their hovercraft.

Pager moments. Two of the shore crew were busy eating breakfast and working at computers, whilst helmsman Nick Edrich had just climbed a scaffold to carry out some roof work.

Nick said: ‘We reached the incident area within eight minutes of launching, but the casualty had already been rescued.’

Notes to editors

Attached pooled image shows lifeboat Burnham Reach being recovered. File name: D_Class_recovery (RNLI/Mike Lang)

Lifeboats in service at Burnham-on-Sea:

A 8.5m Atlantic 85 named Doris Day and Brian 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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