Kayakers cause concern at Brean
Milford Haven Coastguard control paged Burnham-on-Sea RNLI at 10.46 pm this morning after a report of inflatables drifting out to sea, from Brean beach
Both inshore lifeboats were speedily launched in ideal conditions, and proceeded to the reported area.
A subsequent observation from the Bridgwater pilot boat to Milford control redefined the inflatables as two kayakers possibly on passage between Brean and Steep holm Island.
Therefore, the crew of Burnham-on-Sea Atlantic 85 Doris Day and Brian were stood down and returned to Burnham-on-Sea for recovery, whilst the crew of D class lifeboat Burnham Reach, proceeded to intercept the kayakers. Upon interception, the kayakers confirmed that they were trying to reach Steep holm Island. The concerned crew issued safety advice and the kayakers turned around , heading back to the beach.
The lifeboat crew kept watch for a while, and once the small craft were out of risk, returned to Burnham-on-Sea for recovery, sanitising and wash-down
Helmsman Marc Smith said; ‘They were OK, but potentially in trouble once the tide had turned. We issued safety advice and kept a watchful eye as they returned to Brean Beach.
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The D Class lifeboat Burnham Reach returns to Burnham beach for recovery
RNLI Lifeboats at Burnham-on-Sea
A 8.5m 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.
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