lifeboat called to help boat crew lost in thick fog
rigid inflatable boat from Watchet was rescued by lifeboat crews
this morning (Sunday, March 11th) after its crew became disorientated
in thick fog.
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.
immediately diverted and were stood down at 10.40am. The Minehead
lifeboat located the casualty using direction finding and radar
equipment, and rendered assistance.
private fishing boat had also been involved in the search, called
Scooby Doo 2, and was instrumental in assisting the Minehead lifeboat.
Burnham lifeboat then returned to its normal training schedule
before being recovered and washed down by the station's volunteers.
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."
Burnham-On-Sea RNLI lifeboat Staines Whitfield shortly after launch
on Sunday morning