Burnham Coastguard helps night-time dinghy
sailor to safety
35 year-old man was helped to safety by Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard
late on Wednesday,
August 17th, after a member of the public reported seeing him
try to launch a dinghy from
the town's beach in
flares to light up the beach, the Coastguard team followed the
man's footprints to the shoreline where, some 100 metres out into
the mud, he was found in a small inflatable dinghy at the water's
Coastguard team assisted the man to the safety of the town's slipway
where Burnham police and an ambulance were waiting.
checked the man over before releasing him, having confirmed that
he was unharmed.
Officer Steve Bird said: "Fortunately, the tide was going
out at the time or this man could have got into very serious difficulties."
also praised the member of the public who telephoned 999 to call
emergency services to the scene.
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard Web site