Both Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboats launch to grounded Yacht

Lifeboats News Release

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers were paged at 11.11 am today after Milford Haven Coastguard received reports of a grounded 30 foot yacht, with five persons on board, in the River Parrett at Combwich.

Both lifeboats were quickly launched and proceeded to the casualty area. Once the yacht was reached, the crew of Atlantic 85, Doris Day and Brian, arranged a tow and pulled the yacht clear. The casualty vessel then was able to proceed under it’s own power.

Atlantic Helmsman Nick Prout says; ‘We reached the yacht, and with aid of a tow rope pulled it clear. The owner is an experienced yachtsman, so we shepherded him half way home and left him to independently return to the yacht’s berth in the River Brue. We were glad to help.’

Notes for editors

Library images of both boats are available on request

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