Grand Designs presenter towed to safety by Burnham lifeboat
lifeboat crew came to the rescue of TV's Grand Designs presenter
Kevin McCloud during Minehead's annual Raft Race at the weekend.
Staines Whitfield lifeboat was helping to provide safety cover
at the event on Sunday, which raises funds for the RNLI, when
the incident unfolded.
crews moved to help one raft and discovered Grand Designs' presenter
Kevin McCloud on board. It seems that his TV crew had entered
a shore-built craft, were having trouble in the stiff breeze and
unfortunately proceeding backwards," said a spokesman.
lifeboat crew assisted by towing Kevins crew for much of
the course, finally letting them paddle the last leg to the finish,
in an effort to save dignity."
event was also filmed for eventual inclusion in a future TV programme.
helmsman Jason Coombes added: "We were only to glad to help
out with this annual event in aid of the RNLI."
to sea conditions on the day a number of rafts needed assistance
to complete the course, this included the raft built and rowed
by Channel 4's Kevin McCloud and his team, which we towed for
over half of the course distance."
Top, the raft being towed by the lifeboat (pic Kate Barber)