lifeboat helps grounded yacht in River Brue
Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat was called to help a grounded yacht in
the River Brue on Sunday morning (August 29th).
21ft yacht sailing into the river was spotted having difficulty
maneuvering in the force four north easterly winds and had grounded
itself on the lee shore of the river.
of Burnham's two lifeboats, the Staines Whitfield, was being recovered
by its crew nearby following a training session, so diverted to
help the vessel.
The crew speedily helped the stricken yacht and towed it from
the muddy river to the safety of the Sailing Club's mooring pontoons.
Burnham RNLI Operations Manager Ricky Holmes told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It should be noted that because of the dropping tide, had
the yacht not been assisted at that time, there was a strong chance
that it could have stayed aground until September 6th at the earliest."
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