lifeboats launch area on Burnham-On-Sea beach is completed
lifeboat crews have been trialling a newly-laid beach launch area
this week which will allow quicker and safer launches.
to install a series of made from hardwood timber planks known
as bog mats on the beach has been completed, as pictured here.
As recently featured
here, the mats have been tied together and linked to form
a continuous platform.
They have been laid onto the surface of the beach and weighted
down to create a new hardwood surface five metres wide and 50
metres long, which also distributes the weight of the RNLI's launching
carriage and specialised tractor.
The work will enable the charity's lifeboats to access the sea
at any state of the tide, giving them 24-hour cover.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Matt Davies said: "We
still have further trails to carry out over the forthcoming months
with our bigger tractor unit so please feel free to approach any
of the crew with any questions you may have."
training co-ordinator and driver Lyndon Baker added: "In
addition to the enhanced launch capability, the mats improve safety
by providing firm and consistent terrain to drive upon. This is
important and very reassuring to the shore crew and especially
to the tractor driver in poor weather, when speed is of the essence
and you can't see where you're going!"
It previously took up to eight minutes to travel to the previous
lifeboat launching area at low water, located near Allendale Road
at the northern end of The Esplanade.
Meanwhile, the RNLI crew has this week presented a flat screen
TV to the local winner of a photo competition at their recent
open day. The winner was Becky Hewlitt, a local RNLI supporter.
Pictured: Work to install the new bog mats on Burnham beach
for the lifeboat to launch (pics Roger Burgess and Helen Brodie)