October 22, 2010
lifeboat launched after 'suspicious object' seen in sea
A Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat was launched on Friday evening (October
22nd) to investigate reports of a 'suspicious object' in the water
near Stert Island.
An eagle-eyed member of the public spotted the body-shaped object
floating along the estuary near St Andrew's Church and had alterted
Puffin lifeboat was launched at 5.45pm and its crew of three searched
the eastern shore of Stert Island with no result, then scoured
the lower reaches of the River Parret to the lower lighthouse,
again with no result.
Burnham Coastguard Station Officer Steve Bird told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We were called to investigate reports of an unidentified
object in the water 200 yards from St Andrew's Church but nothing
Burnham lifeboat helmsman Glenn Cutter added: "A member of
the public reported an object in the water. Fishermen in the area
were quizzed, but they hadn't noticed anything. We carried out
a full search of the coastline, but found nothing."
Pictured are, top, a Burnham Coastguard searching the sea
with binoculars on Friday evening and, above, the lifeboat launching
website for Burnham-On-Sea