May 3, 2011
rescued after making Mayday call next to Brean Down
yacht had to be towed to safety by two lifeboats after making
a dramatic Mayday call as it was blown onto rocks at the foot
of Brean Down on Monday evening (May 2nd).
team of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards rushed to the scene and two
Weston lifeboats were called to help the vessel.
The man on board the 22ft yacht, which was called Jumping Jack
Flash, issued the emergency call just before 8pm, saying he was
being blown towards the rocks on the north side of the Down.
A lifeboat crewman went onboard and found the yacht's engine
was not powerful enough to sail against the falling tide and strong
It was taken in tow and pulled into the River Axe where it was
secured at Weston Yacht Club pontoons, while the man and his dog
were led onto dry land.
RNLI helmsman Paul Giles said: "The Bristol Channel can
be a difficult place to sail. We do not mind having to launch
if a skipper thinks he has a problem. We prefer to be called out
early before the situation deteriorates and lives are put at risk."
Pictured: These photos of the incident, taken from the top
of Brean Down, show the vessel being towed to safety by the lifeboats.
The coastline of Wales and a passing tanker is shown above