April 28, 2011
jet skier rescues stricken speedboat
jet skier has told how he rescued a stricken speed boat in the
sea off Burnham jetty on Thursday (April 28th).
Murphy, pictured, managed to tow the drifting speedboat and its
three occupants to safety after it broke down half a mile from
Burnham jetty just before 5pm.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I was skiing around the bay when
my brother saw three people on the boat waving a flag to get attention."
alerted me to them and I skied out to ask whether they needed
help. They explained that their engine had run out of petrol and
that they were drifting downstream with the tide."
attached a rope to their boat and towed them to the shore."
Coastguards and an RNLI lifeboat were also called to the scene,
but Mr Murphy managed to complete the rescue himself.
An eagle-eyed Sedgemoor District Council lifeguard had spotted
the occupants of the 18 foot speedboat upstream from the jetty
and had phoned Swansea Coastguard control, who in turn, alerted
Burnham Coastguards and RNLI.
Burnham's Puffin lifeboat was taken to the town jetty, but on
arrival at the beach the crew were stood down.
week, Burnham-On-Sea.com first
reported how another lifeguard rescued a girl from the sea
at the end of Burnham jetty.