Burnham-on-Sea RNLI paged for disabled jetski
Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers were paged 16.20 pm this afternoon, on the hottest day of the year, after a jetski was reported as being disabled and drifting at the North end of Stert Island
Burnham-on-Sea D Class lifeboat Burnham Reach was quickly transported to the beach, and launched. The casualty was easily located in the reported area.
It was a simple task to transport the jetski rider, plus passenger (A man and a Woman), plus tow the jetski back to Burnham beach for recovery.
D Class helm Tim Walters said of the casualty; ‘Apparently, they ran aground and the engine stalled. Being unable to restart it, they risked being carried out to sea. They were very pleased to see us.’
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Images with this release:
File name: Jetski towed(RNLI/Mike Lang)
The Jetski being towed back to Burnham beach.
File name: Jetski at Beach (RNLI/Mike Lang)
Making the jetski ready for the trailer
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.
Note During 2019 the RNLI was facing a ‘perfect storm’, with a reduced income and an increase in demand for it’s services. During 2020 and 2021, 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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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.