lifeboats launched amid concern for kite surfers
Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats were launched on Friday evening (December
4th) amid concern for the safety of two kite surfers.
member of the public had called the Coastguard to voice concerns
for the safety of two kite surfers, operating near Brean Down.
Coastguards requested the lifeboats' help and both were launched
shortly after 4.15pm.
two RNLI lifeboats were immediately launched and proceeded to
the area in prevailing South-Westerly force 3 winds and a moderate
from both boats carried out a full shoreline search around Brean
Down and Weston bay with no result.
it transpired that the kite-surfers vehicles had left the
area and the search was stood down, and both boats returned to
Burnham for recovery and wash-down by boat and shore team volunteers
shortly after 6pm.
Coastguard spokesman said the the incident had been a false alarm
with good intent, adding: "As always, if you see someone
in difficulty dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. It is better
to be safe than sorry."