lifeboats called out to help windsurfer
Both Burnham-On-Sea lifeboats were called into action on Wednesday
after a windsurfer was reported to be in difficulties.
Both RNLI lifeboats were ready to launch next to the town's jetty
soon after mid-day however the crews were stood down minutes later
by Milford Haven Coastguard, after the windsurfer had self-recovered
on the beach towards Berrow.
The Staines Whitfield, Burnhams Atlantic 75 lifeboat, had
just launched before it was stood down and helmsman Nick Prout
used the time to test a newly-replaced engine.
The operation occurred during heavy rain and both boats were
returned to the station for preparation for the next launch.
Helmsman Nick Prout said: "The sea was moderate, with no
more than two foot of swell. We were there if needed. It is better
to call us out early than risk loss of life by not calling at