children experience lifeboat rescue during Burnham visit
schoolchildren from Woodside Community School in Dudley had a
first-hand experience of a real lifeboat shout during their visit
to Burnham-On-Sea marine rescue services today (Wednesday, June
children were enjoying an educational tour on sea safety when
the lifeboat crew's pagers sprang into life at 11.17am.
minutes, the children were able to see the lifeboat volunteers
launch the Staines Whitfield, Burnham's Atlantic class lifeboat.
A rubber dinghy had been spotted off Brean beach drifting with
the outgoing tide. The lifeboat crew successfully located the
dinghy about 100 metres from the shore and they assisted the exhausted
young adult onboard back onto the beach.
Helmsman Nick Prout told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The dinghy
had been reported as being 500 metres off the shoreline, and he
had made some progress back to the beach."
He added: "The fresh northerly wind was pushing the dinghy
at some speed along the shore and he was around 100 metres off
when we spotted him. He appeared to be exhausted and was at risk
of being swept out to sea with the ebbing tide. These are definitely
not suitable conditions for using small inflatable boats!"
Education volunteer Mary Summers added: "It was exciting.
The pagers went off, and everybody sprung into action."