May 2, 2011
trio thank rescuers after getting swept out to sea at Brean
three men have thanked Burnham-On-Sea's emergency services for
saving them after they were swept out to sea on an inflatable
dinghy at Brean on Monday (May 2nd).
Fellows, Aaron Dunn and Rob Dunn praised the response of the lifeboat,
coastguard and ambulance crews after needing treatment for mild
of them spent more than 30 minutes in the sea water, clinging
to the side of their dinghy as it was blown out into the channel.
Coastguard helicopter was scrambled and both Burnham-On-Sea lifeboats
were launched at 6.25pm when Jan Williams, the wife of Brean's
beach warden, spotted the small inflatable drifting from the shore
with two people in the water, gripping the side, and a third person
waving for attention.
pictured right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The dinghy was
some distance away from the shore and all I could see was a lump
with someone waving to get attention. I knew something was wrong
and, realising how cold the sea is at this time of the year, I
immediately called for the lifeboat. They were in a great deal
The lifeboat crews plucked the men from the water about a quarter
of a mile from the beach and took them back to the beach, where
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were waiting.
Lifeboat helmsman Scott Rundle told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
three men appeared cold, in poor shape, and approaching stage
Fellow crew member Stuart Lacey added: "We requested medical
assistance and delivered them to the safety of the beach and the
added: "These small rubber boats are not designed for use
at sea and they had a very lucky escape."
ambulances were called to the scene and the men received treatment
at the scene before being released to their relieved families,
who had watched the drama unfold from the beach.
men, all from Dudley in the West Midlands, said they were "massively
grateful" for the help they received.
Dunn, one of the trio, added: "We went out for a quick trip
and dived into the water for a laugh without realising that we'd
drifted out into deep water."
tried to get the boat back to the shore but were getting blown
out further. The water was freezing. It was pretty scary and we
are very, very grateful for the help of the lifeboat crew, the
beach warden and everyone who helped."
Jones, Swansea Coastguard Watch Officer added: "Inflatable
boats and toys are great fun if used in a swimming pool. We do
not recommend them for use at the beach since, as we have seen
today, they can easily be swept offshore."
"We always recommend that not under any circumstances should
they be used when there is an offshore wind blowing."