Burnham-on-Sea Lifeboats launched to disabled speedboat
Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat volunteers were paged by Milford Haven Coastguard control at 2.34pm, Friday 4th October, to a grounded speedboat, in the River Parret
Burnham’s D class lifeboat Burnham Reach was speedily launched, closely followed by the station’s Atlantic 85, Doris Day and Brian, and both crews proceeded up river, easily locating the disabled craft as the owner was busy fending his craft away from rocks at the bank, adjacent to the Huntspill River.
The D class crew were able to tow the casualty away from the rocks, and transferred their charge to the Atlantic 85 lifeboat for a tow to Combwich. On arrival at Combwich, two of the D class crew landed and assisted recovery of the craft to it’s trailer.
Once stood down by Milford Haven, both lifeboats were returned to Burnham jetty, for recovery and wash-down by the volunteer shore crew, at around 4.30 pm, before being made ready for any subsequent service
D class helmsman Nathan Meager said; ‘The distressed craft had suffered engine failure, and the owner was equipped with lifejacket and other safety equipment. It was a useful exercise, and we were pleased to be able to assist.’
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Record shots of both lifeboats are attached with this short report (RNLI/Mike Lang)
File names: D_launch, and Atlantic_launch
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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