Coastguards called to first-time sailor stuck on town beach
Coastguards were called out to help a first-time sailor who got
into difficulty on the town's beach on Sunday (May 15th) as he
tried to launch his boat for the first time.
were called out at 1.45pm after a call from the Jetty Attendant
reporting a man with a VW transporter was unsuccessfully trying
to launch his boat next to the slipway.
vehicle was becoming trapped in mud and sand with an incoming
a Burnham Coastguard spokesman.
was concern for the boat owner and his vehicle. Our team arrived
on scene just after he was towed out by a 4x4 owner and recovered
to a safe place."
was decided that some of our team should speak to him and issue
safety advice if needed."
was discovered that the person had purchased the boat on Saturday
and had no previous experience in using a boat."
a quick visual inspection it was found his winch was not working
and his jockey wheel was broken. He had also asked the Jetty Attendant
to tune his VHF radio as he didn't know how to and did not know
that the tide time changes every day."
is a classic example of an under-prepared and under skilled water
user. Safety is vital when out on the water as if you don't know
how to use your equipment such as VHF radios etc then you are
potentially putting yourself and others in danger."
check you have the right equipment and know how to use it - luckily
this person didn't manage to launch and had a narrow escape from
the incoming tide in which he could have lost his van too."
you purchase a boat but are unsure of using it and the safety
equipment properly speak to your local RNLI station as they will
be able to give a full run down of do's and don'ts that will keep
you safe. If you see someone if difficulty along the coastline,
dial 999 and ask for the coastguards."
paged, but not used on this occasion, were BARB Search & Rescue
and Burnham RNLI.