and Weston lifeboats called to rescue drifting yacht
Lifeboat crews from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were called
to help a yacht with engine difficulties near Brean Down on Monday
Crews were paged shortly after mid-day to reports that a 26'
yacht was in difficulty four miles from Howe Rocks near Brean
The 26 foot yacht had mechanical problems as well as a member
of the crew suffering with severe seasickness.
The yacht was en route to the River Axe and was taken on tow
by the Weston lifeboat to the safety of Uphill Yacht Club's pontoons
in the River Axe estuary.
The poorly crew member was transferred to the Burnham lifeboat,
transported to Knightstone Harbour and subsequently delivered
to Weston RNLI volunteers and Coastguards.
RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Ricky Holmes, said: "The
crew had to contend with thunder and lightning as well as hailstones
during this incident. Due to poor visibility they had to rely
on their charts and GPS in order to reach the vessel. Having met
with the Weston crew earlier this year in a non-emergency joint
training exercise it was good to be able to put that training
to use on a joint shout."
The lifeboat launching from Burnham beach
The stricken boat being towed by one of the lifeboats, pictured
The lifeboat being driven along Pier Street to Burnham-On-Sea
jetty to launch
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