Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat crews paged at 7.22 pm

Lifeboats News Release

Lifeboat volunteers were paged at 7.22 pm this evening, 22 January, after a report of somebody in the water adjacent to Burnham’s Lower Light (Burnham’s iconic lighthouse)

Library shot of the Burnham-on-Sea Atlantic 75 on route to Burnham-on-Sea Jetty

RNLI/Mike Lang

Library shot of the Burnham-on-Sea Atlantic 75 on route to Burnham-on-Sea Jetty

Both the Atlantic 75 and D class lifeboats were quickly brought to the beach and launched. As it was the time of high water, sea state at launch was lumpy, but comparatively smooth after launch, with good visibility. Air temperature was around 7 degrees centigrade

The volunteer crews searched diligently along the coast with no success, until being stood down by Milford Haven Coastguard control at 9.05pm.

Both boats were recovered and taken back to the lifeboat station for wash-down by the boat and shore crews, then refuelled ready for the next launch.

Coastguard control have deemed the incident; ‘A false alarm with good intent.’

A spokesman for the station said; ‘Some of the crew were settling down to a late tea, and will be returning home to warmed up half-eaten leftovers.’



Image with this release. (Credit Mike Lang/RNLI)

The Atlantic 75 on its way to the jetty (Library photo)

Lifeboats in service at Burnham-on-Sea:

A 7.5m Atlantic 75 from the RNLI relief fleet 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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