and Coastguards called to 'gas cylinders' on Stert Island
from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard and BARB were called to Stert Island
on Tuesday afternoon (September 3rd) amid concern that several
large gas cylinders had washed up.
walker on Burnham seafront had seen the objects through a telescope
and raised the alarm, fearing that they could damage boats or
jet skis in a collision if washed out into the estuary on the
Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft was flown to the island by BARB's
volunteer crew, along with two Coastguards, to investigate.
spokesman said: "The objects were found to be large empty
plastic barrels with netting around them, so this was a false
alarm with good intent, but the caller did the right thing in
informing the Coastguard. We always prefer to investigate sightings
like this rather than be called out to a later incident where
someone has been hurt that could have been avoided."