Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat crews called into action on New Year’s Day

Lifeboats News Release

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.

he Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Atlantic 75 launches from the beach

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The Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Atlantic 75 launches from the beach

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.



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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For more information about this release please telephone Mike Lang, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07889 815860 or email mike.lang@btinternet.com,

In the absence of the above, contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

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

The D Class lifeboat 'Burnham Reach' just about to launch

RNLI/Mike Lang

The D Class lifeboat 'Burnham Reach' just about to launch
The Burnham-on-Sea Atlantic 75 being recovered after standing down

RNLI/Mike Lang

The Burnham-on-Sea Atlantic 75 being recovered after standing down

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