August 14, 2011
MP 'rescued' by town's lifeboat crews
MP experienced at first hand how lifeboat crews rescue people
on Sunday (August 14th).
Tessa Munt was herself retrieved by the town's lifeboat crews
when she plunged from a yacht into the waters of Bridgwater Bay,
as pictured here.
But there was no need for any concern because it was all part
of a special training exercise organised by Burnham RNLI.
The MP visited the town's lifeboat station in Pier Street, then
donned a drysuit and lifejacket before boarding a yacht owned
by Burnham RNLI Chairman Graham Wills.
helming the yacht for a short time in Bridgwater Bay, she transferred
to the Staines Whitefield lifeboat where Helmsmen Glenn Cutter
and Scott Rundle gave her a practical demonstration of the lifeboat's
She then took part in a 'man overboard' exercise over half a
mile from the shore where she plunged into the water.
After floating for several minutes, she 'rescued' by the crew
of the D-Class lifeboat Puffin and later returned safely to shore.
Tessa told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am delighted that I have
been allowed to do this. I felt perfectly safe and excited to
see how it works from the other side. You never know when you
might need a lifeboat."