lifeboat launching surface to be laid on Burnham-On-Sea beach
RNLI is starting a project this week to build a new surface on
which to launch lifeboats from the town's beach.
50 metres of 'bog mats' are being laid on the lower section of
the beach next to Burnham's jetty to make it easier for the crews
to launch lifeboats at low tide, avoiding the mud.
work will be carried out at low tide throughout this week.
RNLI spokesman said the bog mats are made from hardwood timber
planks tied together to form individual mats, and then linked
to form a continuous platform over long lengths.
are often used for temporary road surfacing on construction projects
where the ground conditions cannot safely support the weight of
mats are simply laid onto the surface of the beach and weighted
down. As the bog mats are not permanently fixed, they can be removed
at any time."
spokesman added: "This project has been planned for some
time, and all necessary permits/consultations are in place. Being
able to launch 24/7 is a high priority for us."
organisation says it sees the mats as a short-term solution to