aground on Stert Island rescued after 'Mayday' message
stranded yacht has been rescued after it ran aground on Stert
Island opposite Burnham-On-Sea yesterday (Sunday) and its skipper
issued an emergency 'Mayday' message.
from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards, BARB Search & Rescue and
the RNLI were all involved during Sunday in helping the stranded
man onboard over several hours.
hovercraft was initially tasked to take a team of Coastguards
out to the yacht to check the skipper's welfare and they were
assured that he was fine, but in the evening the yacht became
disabled as it refloated on the high tide, prompting a Mayday
how the incident unfolded:
The yacht was left 'high and dry' on Stert Island after the
falling tide. With many hours until the next tide, Coastguards
decide to check on the skipper's welfare with the help of BARB's
Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft to make the trip over to the island.
The hovercraft arrives to check on the man onboard, who assures
the Coastguards that he's happy to stay on the island to wait
for the next tide. "He is well equipped with lifejackets
and safety equipment," said Coastguard Officer Dave Welland.
The yacht is seen refloating on the incoming tide after being
aground for over six hours, however its mooring ropes become stuck
around the yacht's propellor, making it impossible to navigate.
After several hours of trying to fix the problem, the yacht's
skipper issues a 'Mayday' message over a radio and Coastguards
request the launch of two lifeboats from Burnham jetty, pictured
above, to recover the yacht.
The yacht arrived at the moorings at Burnham Yacht Club where
the lifeboat crews are pictured boarding it to make it safe on
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