July 4, 2015
Burnham Coastguards and lifeboats called to 'struggling swimmers'

Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboats were called out last night (Friday) after a pair of swimmers were reported to be in difficulty in the sea.

There were concerns that two young swimmers had got into difficulty near the Pavilion, prompting a call-out for the town's Coastguards and RNLI at 8.30pm.

But RNLI spokesman Mike Lang told it turned out to be a false alarm.

"There were concerns for two swimmers believed to in difficulty near the Pavilion, but fortunately it was a false alarm with good intent," he said.

"Puffin, our D-class lifeboat, launched and the crew carried out a search of the sea without anyone being seen in trouble and no-one was reported to be missing."

The D class lifeboat was quickly launched, whilst the Atlantic 75 lifeboat, called Staines Whitfield, stood by on Burnham jetty ready to launch if needed.

A Coastguard spokesman told "The eyewitness was right to call the Coastguard on 999 as soon as there was any suspicion that someone was in trouble. Even if it later turns out to be a false alarm, it's better to check it out."


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