lifeboat helps water skier in difficulty near Brean Down
Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat was called to help a water skier in difficulty
near Brean Down on Sunday morning (March 25th).
crews were taking part in a training session near Berrow beach
when they were diverted by Coastguards at 9.30am to assist the
man in the Bristol Channel, north of Brean Down.
lifeboat reached a small ski-boat with a crew of three and found
the skier had been picked up by a nearby vessel.
the man was very cold, and had begun to show symptoms of approaching
hypothermia, he was taken to Knightstone Island in Weston where
he was met by Weston Coastguards and a paramedic. The powerboat
was helped back to the shore by the Weston lifeboat.
helmsman Glenn Cutter told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The casualty
had been in the water for around 30 minutes and was extremely
cold, although he had been given a hot drink by the assisting
vessel. We quickly transported him to safety."
The Puffin lifeboat in action