4, 2016 Burnham
hovercraft called out to catamaran aground on Stert Island
rescue hovercraft and a team of Coastguards were called out on
Monday (April 4th) amid concern for the welfare of a person onboard
this catamaran which had run aground on Stert Island the day before.
Search & Rescue and Burnham Coastguards were called out shortly
after 9am when communications were lost with the stranded vessel
on the mudflats opposite Burnham, pictured here.
Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft flew two Coastguard members across
the estuary to the island where they checked on the welfare of
the man onboard. The catamaran first ran aground on Sunday afternoon.
Coastguard Officer David Welland said: "With no radio contact,
there was growing concern for the welfare of the man and therefore
we requested the launch of the BARB hovercraft."
of our team spoke to the man onboard and confirmed he has adequate
provisions and is happy to wait for the next tide to refloat.
He had turned off his radio to conserve power."
The stranded boat was refloated on the afternoon high tide.
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