Published: October 16, 2013
Sunken yacht retrieved by Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crew

A Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat was called to help a yacht that had sunk at its mooring in the River Brue in Highbridge on Tuesday afternoon (October 15th).

Amid concern that the vessel would cause a hazard to local marine traffic, the crew attempted a recovery on the incoming flood tide.

The yacht was emptied of water using a portable pump and towed to the safety of the riverbank.

Lifeboat helmsman Nick Prout said: "The yacht was a wooden-hulled vessel, and its automatic bilge pump had apparently failed. It was a useful exercise, and we were happy to help."

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