motor boat rescued by Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crews
lifeboat crews have rescued a motor boat after it lost power in
the channel near Hinkley Point on Saturday afternoon (April 4th).
two Burnham RNLI lifeboats Staines Whitfield and Puffin were launched
at 2.30pm, at low tide.
crews proceeded down a narrow channel in the River Parrett until
they spotted the drifting vessel, a 24-ft long motor cruiser called
Mustique, anchored in the estuary approximately 3 miles north
off Hinkley Point power station.
reaching the boat, it was confirmed that the three people onboard
were unable to restart its engines following an extended fishing
helmsman and mechanic Nick Prout boarded the vessel and diagnosed
the problem, helping to re-start the engines and sending the boat
on its way back to Portishead.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The motor boat was in good order
and well equipped with radio, lifejackets and other safety equipment.
They were just unlucky, but able to seek assistance notifying
the Coastguard via their radio. We were happy to render assistance."
lifeboats returned to Burnham-On-Sea where the recently-extended
bog mats next to the jetty proved invaluable as an effective but
muddy recovery route.