Burnham lifeboats rescue drifting power boat after fire drama
RNLI's crews were called out to help rescue a disabled powerboat
in the Bristol Channel on Thursday afternoon (July 14th).
Haven Coastguard Control received a report of a fire onboard a
47ft Watson lifeboat conversion power cruiser, resulting in the
Barry Dock offshore lifeboat and the Burnham-On-Sea RNLI inshore
lifeboats being paged at 4.18pm.
the time the Barry Dock lifeboat had located and reached the vessel
after some confusion about the location, the fire had been extinguished.
However, the vessel was drifting in strong South Westerly winds
and needed assistance - and the Burnham volunteer crews were able
to quickly help.
vessel was taken to the safety of Barry Docks, with the Barry
Dock lifeboat taking the tow. Both Burnham's boats were recovered
at approximately 5.50pm.
RNLI Helmsman Nick Edrich told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The fire
was apparently caused by an oily rag in the engine compartment,
but had been extinguished by the time we arrived on scene."
winds were approximately force 3 4 with moderate seas,
but the heavy Bristol Cannel chop made progress difficult in challenging
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