Published: March 11, 2012
Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat called to help boat crew lost in thick fog

A rigid inflatable boat from Watchet was rescued by lifeboat crews this morning (Sunday, March 11th) after its crew became disorientated in thick fog.

Burnham's RNLI crews were taking part in regular training when they were tasked by Swansea Coastguard to assist the Minehead RNLI lifeboat in locating the boat at approximately 10.19am.

They immediately diverted and were stood down at 10.40am. The Minehead lifeboat located the casualty using direction finding and radar equipment, and rendered assistance.

A private fishing boat had also been involved in the search, called Scooby Doo 2, and was instrumental in assisting the Minehead lifeboat.

The Burnham lifeboat then returned to its normal training schedule before being recovered and washed down by the station's volunteers.

RNLI Helmsman Jason Coombes said of the conditions: "Visibilty was variable and estimated at around 40 metres. We were happy to oblige when asked for help."

Pictured: Burnham-On-Sea RNLI lifeboat Staines Whitfield shortly after launch on Sunday morning


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