Tractor 'drama' on Burnham beach turns out to be exercise
first glance it looked as though this lifeboat launching tractor
had got stuck on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday morning (April
tractor's huge wheels ground to a slippery
halt after it was driven into a pool of mud near the town's
Burnham RNLI has assured onlookers that there was no need for
concern because it was all part of a planned exercise.
exercise was held to trial several new ground anchors that have
been specially designed to help extract the tractor if it gets
stuck in the mud without having to call on help.
exercise was conducted by two RNLI Inspectors, who are responsible
for all launch and recovery equipment within the organisation.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Ricky Holmes told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Firstly we had to get the tractor stuck, which we thought
would be quite difficult, judging where we were on the beach opposite
fact, we were amazed at how easily it became stuck, which just
goes to show how unpredictable our beach can be. Once we were
stuck we then employed the new anchors and included our Softrak
tractor in the loop as well. Everything worked as it was designed
to do, and slowly but surely, out she came."
one down side was that the inspector left us with a very dirty
tractor to clean!"
added: "It was an excellent morning's work. I would like
to take this opportunity to thank all the crew for all their hard
work, especially with the wash down afterwards. Also thanks to
the external agency who offered us help if we needed it."