Burnham-on-Sea RNLI crews paged after a dog reported in the water

Lifeboats News Release

The Burnham-on-Sea volunteer crews were paged at 8.38pm on Monday 1 June after a dog was reported to be in the water near Burnham’s lower lighthouse.

lifeboat volunteers bringing Burnham Reach up Pier Street to the beach’

RNLI/Mike Lang

lifeboat volunteers bringing Burnham Reach up Pier Street to the beach’

The D class lifeboat ‘Burnham Reach' was transported by the volunteer crew along Pier Street to the launch point. But as they hit the beach, Milford Haven Coastguard control stood the RNLI down, as the dog had got out of the water.

Also scrambled then stood down was the Burnham Area Rescue Boat hovercraft.

Burnham-on-Sea Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Mike Lang said: ‘If a dog is in distress, there is always the chance that the owner will put him or herself in danger by trying to rescue them. The right thing to do if your pet gets into trouble at the coast is don't enter the water yourself. Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'

NOTES FOR EDITORS

Attached image shows the lifeboat volunteers bringing Burnham Reach up Pier Street to the beach’ File name: Burnham_Reach (RNLI/Mike Lang)

Lifeboats in service at Burnham-on-Sea:

A 7.5m Atlantic 75 named Doris Day and Brian plus a smaller 4.95m D class IB1 inflatable named Burnham Reach The station was opened officially on 15 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,

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