A night callout for Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat volunteers were paged by Milford Haven Coastguard control at 11.02 pm, after a report of a person in the water towards Brean.

D Class lifeboat Burnham Reach has just been recovered, and awaiting return to Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat station

RNLI/Mike Lang

Burnham-on-Sea D Class lifeboat on the town jetty

Burnham-on Sea RNLI D Class Lifeboat Burnham Reach was launched almost immediately and proceeded towards the casualty area, only to be stood down by Coastguard control, at the conclusion of the incident .

Station Atlantic 85 lifeboat Doris Day and Brian had been made ready with full crew, but was not needed. The D class was returned to the station, ready for the regular Sunday training session

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

Pager moments quote by Lifeboat Press Officer Mike Lang; ‘Many of the lifeboat volunteers had already retired to their beds, but still managed to attend in time for the launch.’

Notes to editors

Attached pooled image shows lifeboat Burnham Reach after recovery on Burnham Jetty. File name: D_Class_finished (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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For more information about this release please telephone Mike Lang, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07889 815860 or email mike.lang@btinternet.com,

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Alternatively, telephone Amy Caldwell RNLI Public Relations Manager (South)

Tel 07920 818 807, Amy_Caldwell@rnli.org.uk , or Emma Haines Press Officer; 07786 668847 emma_haines@rnli.org.uk

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