Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers paged at 11.20pm

Lifeboats News Release

Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat volunteers were paged at 11.20 pm on Monday 25 February, after a person was reported in the water adjacent to the town jetty.

Library shot of D class lifeboat 'Burnham Reach' in a night time launch situation

RNLI/Mike Lang

Burnham-on-Sea D Class Lifeboat 'Burnham Reach' launching from Burnham Jetty (Library shot)

Burnham Reach, the station D class lifeboat was quickly transported to the beach via Pier Street and launched. The casualty, a woman, was spotted, and transported back to shore into the arms of waiting paramedics. Mission complete, the volunteer crew were stood down by Milford Haven Coastguard Control at approximately 11.40 pm and the boat recovered back to the lifeboat station for wash-down.

RNLI Helmsman Tim Walters said: ‘Tide was pretty much at slack water, which was lucky for the casualty as there wasn’t much tide flow. We reached her at around 1137 pm and transported her to the beach to the waiting police, fire and paramedics. She was exhibiting signs of hypothermia.’

Notes to editors

Library image of Burnham Reach launching from Burnham Jetty is attached (Credit 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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