Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteer crews paged for disabled jet-ski
Milford Haven Coastguard control paged Burnham RNLI volunteers at 6.11 pm this evening, 16 August, after a disabled jet-ski had been reported as drifting in the sea at Burnham-on-Sea.
RNLI D Class lifeboat Burnham Reach was quickly launched, and the RNLI crew intercepted the casualty craft approximately 300 yards out from the beach.
An RNLI lifeguard was already on scene having paddled out to the incident from the beach.and spoken to the owner to ensure he was okay. With all in order, the Jet-ski was carefully towed back to the beach.
After being stood down by Milford Haven, the lifeboat was recovered and returned to the lifeboat station for cleaning and sanitising by the boat and shore crew
D Class helmsman Marc Smith said; ‘We were just sitting down to Sunday dinner when the pager went off. Fortunately, a quick easy rescue, but we were glad to be able to assist.’
Quote to remember; if you see anyone in trouble on the coast, call 999 and ask the Coastguard
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File name: Jetski_landed (RNLI/Mike lang)
The jet-ski and D class lifeboat have both landed and are just about to be recovered
File name: D_class_recovered (RNLI/Mike Lang)
D Class lifeboat on it's way back to the lifeboat station
Lifeboats in service at Burnham-on-Sea:
An Atlantic 85 named Doris Day and Brian plus 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.
Note: Last year the RNLI was facing a ‘perfect storm’, with a reduced income and an increase in demand for it’s services. This year, in the midst of a global pandemic, fundraising has been severely reduced by a national lockdown, yet the lifeboats have still been launched 24/7 in their strategy to save lives at sea.
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