August 3, 2011
lifeboats launched to help stranded yacht
Two Burnham-On-Sea lifeboats were launched on Wednesday evening
(August 3rd) to help a yacht that had run aground on the banks
of the River Brue.
yacht, called Kate, initially got into difficulty on Wednesday
morning when its owner misjudged the incoming tide and ended up
stranded on the banks near the entrance to the river.
dinghy from Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club was sent out to bring
the man onboard back to shore.
the returning tide surrounded the yacht at around 9.30pm, two
lifeboats were sent out to tow the yacht off the banks and return
it to its mooring at Burnham Sailing Club's pontoons.
Wills, Burnham RNLI Chairman, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
owner of the yacht is a long-running Sailing Club member who was
understandably upset when that he had misjudged the tide. The
lifeboat crews were happy to help return the yacht to the shore."
Top, the stranded yacht and, below, one of Burnham's lifeboats
launching from the jetty during Wednesday night's incident