Published: April 11, 2010
Yacht towed to safety after losing power in Bridgwater Bay

Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and a lifeboat crew were called out on Sunday evening (April 11th) after a yacht grounded and lost power in Bridgwater Bay.

The 20ft 'Dreamer' was towed to the safety of Burnham Sailing Club's pontoons in the River Brue by a member of the club.

The alarm had been raised at 5.39pm, prompting the launch of a lifeboat and the attendance of the Coastguard team as a precaution.

A fellow yachtsman had spotted the yacht attempting to sail from the eastern side of Stert Island at the top of the tide. Swansea Coastguard control were notified and it was decided to launch the lifeboat.

Another yachtsman had managed to pass a line to the casualty and tow her clear from trouble and the lifeboat crew was therefore quickly stood down.

Lifeboat Helmsman Jason Coombes told "We reached the yacht as it was about the enter the River Brue. Having confirmed their status, we returned to the beach."

Our photo shows the lifeboat in the River Brue besides Burnham Sailing Club's pontoons on Sunday evening


Official Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard website
Lifeboats website for Burnham-On-Sea


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