Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat crews called into action on New Year’s Day
Lifeboat volunteers and their families were at home quietly enjoying their family time, when peace and quiet was interrupted by pager alerts at 12.15 pm.
HM Coastguard had passed a report of a woman collapsed on Berrow beach, with a fast incoming tide. Both lifeboats were speedily transported to Burnham beach by the shore crew, and proceeded to launch. Burnham’s Atlantic 75 (A loan lifeboat from the RNLI pool fleet) was actually launched, whilst the D Class lifeboat Burnham Reach had reached the water when the volunteers were stood down by Milford Haven Coastguard Control.
Both lifeboats were returned to the lifeboat station for wash-down, ready for the next launch.
Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Mike Lang commented; 'A shout can happen at any time, and our volunteer crews are available 24/7.
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Images with this release. (Credit Mike Lang/RNLI)
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The Atlantic 75 launching
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Burnham's D Class lifeboat Burnham Reach about to launch
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The Atlantic 75 recovering after being stood down
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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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.