Published: May 19, 2009
South Wales lifeboat makes a surprise visit to Burnham-On-Sea

A lifeboat crew from South Wales made a surprise visit to Burnham-On-Sea this week during a training exercise.

The RNLI Offshore lifeboat from Barry moored at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club's pontoons and met members of Burnham's RNLI, BARB and Coastguard crews.

The huge lifeboat, called Forward Birmingham, is a Trent class boat and was on a navigation exercise which required them to make a brief, unannounced visit to the town.

Members of Burnham's marine rescue services took the opportunity to look over the high-tech craft during its 30-minute visit.

The Barry crew were welcomed by Sailing club President Tony Winterburn, Burnham RNLI Chairman Graham Wills, and are pictured (right) talking with Barry crewmembers Lars Vlaskamp and Gareth Williams.

Members of the Burnham inshore lifeboat crew also got a chance to discuss the boat with the Barry crew, as pictured at the top of this page.


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