crews recover stricken fishing boat aground on Stert Island
RNLI lifeboats were called out on Friday evening (June 5th) to
help rescue a grounded fishing boat on Stert Island.
boat was reported to have run aground on the westerly side of
the island opposite Burnham-On-Sea shortly after 8pm.
RNLI lifeboats were launched and proceeded to the area, where
the 30ft fishing boat was confirmed to be aground and being
pounded by heavy surf.
a couple of unsuccessful attempts, it was decided to use Puffin,
Burnhams D class lifeboat, to pass a line to the vessel.
completed, the crews pulled the fishing boat off the
beach, through the breaking heavy surf.
sea state on the westerly side of the island was reported to be
moderate to heavy with south westerly winds estimated at force
4, gusting 5 at times.
clear, the fishing boat was able to proceed under its own power,
accompanied by the Atlantic 75 lifeboat Staines Whitfield, to
its Burnham mooring in the River Brue.
helmsman Nick Edrich told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "These were
the most extreme conditions I have ever worked in. The breaking
waves and heavy surf made the job very difficult."