Jet skier rescued after getting stranded on Stert Island
jet skier who became stranded on Stert Island on Sunday (May 18th)
has thanked Burnham-On-Sea's rescue services for coming to his
Cooper, from Bristol, was stranded on the island when his jet
ski broke down after a mechanical problem.
Coastguards called out Burnham's RNLI lifeboats and a BARB hovercraft
to help rescue Mr Cooper and retrieve his jet ski.
explained that the drama unfolded when his jet ski abruptly stopped
working. "The tide was going out and I misjudged how
shallow the water was besides Stert Island. Unfotunately, my jet
ski sucked up some shingle which jammed the propellor," he
friend, who was also jet skiing, tried to tow me back acros the
estuary to Burnham but his machine didn't have the power. He went
back across to alert the beach warden who in turn called on the
help of the Coastguards."
"I was stuck there for almost an hour in total - and was
very grateful to the rescue services for getting across to me
and returning me back to the shore. I have been jet skiing here
in Burnham for several years so am aware of the dangers - I was
just unlucky this time."
The RNLI D-Class lifeboat took Mr Cooper back to the shore and
the jet ski was safely moored before being recovered on the evening
high tide at 8.30pm, as pictured below.
Burnham's hovercraft was also launched with two Coastguards onboard
Burnham Coastguards co-ordinated the rescue of the jet skier
The stricken jet ski was towed back from Stert on Sunday evening
Returned to shore - the jet ski being loaded onto a trailer as
the incident closed