July 29, 2016
Burnham-On-Sea lifeboats launched to help yacht aground in river

Burnham-On-Sea's RNLI lifeboats were launched to assist a grounded yacht on Thursday afternoon (July 28th).

The 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.

The 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.

The lifeboats returned to the beach for recovery and a wash down at the lifeboat station.

Helmsman 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."

Deputy Launch Authority Phil Counsell added: "This was a text book operation, well executed. As always, many thanks to all crew that attended."

Pictured: Crews helping the stricken yacht on Thursday (pic Mike Lang)


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