Published: May 3, 2011
Yacht rescued after making Mayday call next to Brean Down

This 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).

A 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 wind.

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


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