May 1, 2011 Two
stricken speedboats rescued in Burnham within 10 minutes
speedboats were rescued within the space of ten minutes in Burnham-On-Sea
on Sunday evening (May 1st) after they both got into difficulty.
Burnham's lifeboat and Coastguards were called to help
the first speedboat, which encountered engine problems.
was successfully towed back to the shore by the RNLI's Staines
in the second incident, a jet skier managed to tow another boat
to safety, as pictured here, after it too suffered technical problems.
skier Mike Owen, from Burnham, towed the boat to safety after
the owner, from Rooksbridge, lost power and began drifting along
the estuary. Both incidents unfolded within ten minutes of each
other in Bridgwater Bay at 5.45pm.
The first boat, an 18 foot speedboat, was apparently trialling
a new engine with only six hours on the clock when it developed
an electrical fault.
lifeboat station spokesman Mike Lang told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This reinforces the fact that mechanical failure can happen
at any time, as the same speed boat had apparently been assisted
by a jet skier last Thursday."
"This might be a good time to remind boat owners about the
RNLIs free sea safety check service, which is carried out
confidentially, on a one-to-one basis by specially trained lifeboat
sea safety advisers."
The RNLI helped to rescue this speedboat in the first incident
... and this jet skier pulled a second speedboat to safety at
the same time
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