Two rescued from stranded yacht by Burnham lifeboats
men were rescued by lifeboat crews after their yacht ran aground
in the River Brue estuary in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon
22ft sailing yacht, called PipaLotta, got into difficulty when
it lost power while travelling from Combwich to Portishead at
yachtsman Ian Robathan and stepson Edward alerted Coastguards
and Burnham RNLI launched two boats to help them.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We were taking the boat from its
moorings at Combwich to Portishead when just as we got towards
Burnham we had a problem with the engine."
know Burnham is quite awkward to navigate but I also know the
Yacht Club here has good pontoons. But we got caught in the swell
and the boat went a little off course and left us in the shallow
water. I tried to get it back on course but with the engine virtually
gone and the tide falling we were just drifting."
a heavy boat - the RNLI tried their best to get it off the mud
and made several attempts but she was stuck. We
were grateful to the RNLI and Coastguard for their help."
two were taken to the town's jetty while the yacht was left to
be refloated at the next high tide.
Highbridge yachtsman Ian
Robathan being helped onto the lifeboat by the crew
The two lifeboats had tried to pull the stranded yacht off the
Ian and Edward walk from the RNLI lifeboat after their rescue
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