lifeboats launched to help yacht aground in river
RNLI lifeboats were launched to assist a grounded yacht on Thursday
afternoon (July 28th).
Burnham crews were paged at 1.18pm to assist a grounded yacht,
which was believed to have run aground so both boats were launched
to initially locate the casualty.
casualty, a 16ft bilge keel sailing sloop, was quickly located
aground on the spit at the mouth of the River Brue and subsequently
re-floated by the crew of Staines Whifield before being escorted
back to her moorings.
lifeboats returned to the beach for recovery and a wash down at
the lifeboat station.
Nick Edrich said: "The yachtsman had been caught unawares
by a sudden gust of wind whilst exiting the river, and found himself
aground on the river bank, on a lee shore with the top of the
tide not too far away."
Launch Authority Phil Counsell added: "This was a text book
operation, well executed. As always, many thanks to all crew that
Pictured: Crews helping the stricken yacht on Thursday (pic