March 17, 2009
pair rescued after running aground in estuary near Burnham
men became stranded for several hours in an inflatable boat in
the River Parrett estuary, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Tuesday afternoon
pair, pictured here, became trapped in their dinghy when it ran
aground in the muddy estuary about two miles from Combwich.
team of Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the scene
and they were quickly able to confirm that the pair were safe
Burnham lifeboat was launched at 6.15pm to check that the boat
was able to safely refloat on the incoming tide.
three RNLI crewmembers could not reach the boat until 8.35pm,
when they were able to throw a line, drag the dinghy down the
mud bank and return them to the safety of Combwich at 8.55pm.
Coastguard spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Both the people
onboard were well equipped with safety equipment and food."
lifeboat was launched as a precaution to check that they were
able to successfully refloat."
photos show the pair stranded in their inflatable boat on Tuesday
afternoon, watched by Burnham Coastguards on the river bank