Burnham-on-Sea RNLI crews called to assist after persons reported in the water.

Lifeboats News Release

The Burnham-on-Sea volunteer crews were paged at 12.24 pm, today 31 May 2020, tasked to three people in difficulty in the water just off Burnham slipway.

The lifeboat crew had kitted up, with doors open ready to get the tractors out, when launch was cancelled at 12.30 pm by Milford Haven Coastguard control. Apparently, because the casualties had been assisted by members of the public already on the slipway.

Two members of the RNLI attended the jetty to check on the casualties, joined by other crew, plus the Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard rescue team, to speak to members of the public about local beach safety etc.

The Coastguards had been on patrol in Brean so had to make their way from there. However, this was a good multi agency shout, thankfully with a happy ending.

Quote from the Coastguard; ‘Please #respectthewater and be #beachsafe during these difficult times. If you see anyone in trouble dial 999 and ask for Coastguard

Burnham-on-Sea Volunteer Lifeboats Press Officer Mike Lang adds; ‘ While the weather is so hot, the water may look inviting, but please everybody always look for, and take heed of any warning signage.’

ENDS

NOTES FOR EDITORS

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 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.


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