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Burnham RNLI volunteers dash to Brean to assist a kite surfer

Lifeboats News Release

Milford Haven Coastguard control tasked Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers to attend at Brean today, Sunday 24th, after the Beach warden spotted a kite surfer in difficulties in the sea.

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Atlantic 85 'Doris Day and Brian launching'

RNLI/Mike Lang

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Atlantic 85 'Doris Day and Brian launching'

Atlantic 85 lifeboat Doris Day and Brian was quickly launched just before 12.30 pm, and the crew set off at a good speed, to the casualty area. When they arrived on scene, it was discovered that a friend of the casualty had entered the water with his inflatable kayak, to assist the casualty’s buoyancy. Unfortunately, with all the kite equipment on board they couldn't move, especially with the northerly breeze.

Helmsman Stuart Lacey explains; ‘We were tasked to a kite surfer in difficulty, and we arrived to find both well but tired. We de-inflated the kite and took both persons on board, including the kayak and kite equipment, We then transported them to shore into the hands of our local Burnham-on-Sea coastguard team.’

Any water user can fall into difficulty at any time, especially with our fast moving tides however well prepared they may be. If you think someone is in danger on our coastline, it’s always best to Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.



Notes for Editors

Image with this release shows the Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat, just after launch (Credit RNLI/Mike Lang)

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