Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers launch to reported distressed craft

Lifeboats News Release

Both Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboats were launched this morning after being paged by Milford Haven Coastguard control at 9:14 am.

Library image of Burnham-on-Sea Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Doris Day and Brian'

RNLI/Mike Lang

Library image of Burnham-on-Sea Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Doris Day and Brian'
Milford control had received a report of a small craft off Burnham-on-sea Esplanade, apparently occupied by two people waving (a recognised distress indication), being swept out to sea by the morning ebbing tide.

The RNLI crew proceeded to carry out an extensive search in the Bristol Channel from Hinkley Point to Birnbeck Island, in excellent visibility, with no result. HM coastguard control therefore tried to establish contact with the person reporting the incident , without success. Consquently, crews were stood down, returning the lifeboats to Burnham town jetty for recovery by the volunteer shore team , and wash-down at the lifeboat station.

Lifeboat Press Officer Mike Lang says; 'We are always ready to launch 24/7, and in this case can only conclude it was a false alarm with good intent. In line with the RNLI policy of reducing preventable drownings, It is better to report a suspected incident by dialling 999 for the coastguard, rather than risk loss of life.'

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Library images of both boats are available on request

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