July 27, 2016
Fishing boat 'aground' causes call-out for Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat

Concerns 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.

Burnham’s 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.

The crews were stood down and a spokesman from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard told "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."

Pictured: Top, the boat off Stert Island (photo and, above, Burnham's D-Class lifeboat Puffin being recovered at low tide (photo RNLI/Helen Brodie)

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