boat 'aground' causes call-out for Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat
that this fishing boat had run aground on the far side of Stert
Island led to a lifeboat from Burnham-On-Sea being called out
on Tuesday evening.
The RNLI was paged shortly after 4pm after fears that the blue-hulled
vessel may be aground with a dropping tide around it.
D-class lifeboat Puffin was launched and the crew proceeded to
search for the vessel, finding it shortly afterwards north of
Stert Island, but not in difficulty.
A radio contact with the craft verified that they were busy fishing
in four feet of water and had not experienced any problems.
crews were stood down and a spokesman from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This was a false alarm with good
intent as they could have been stuck and may have needed help.
It is good to know we have some eagle-eyed members of the public
out there who are invaluable in helping us keep the coast safe."
Top, the boat off Stert Island (photo Burnham-On-Sea.com) and,
above, Burnham's D-Class lifeboat Puffin being recovered at low
tide (photo RNLI/Helen Brodie)