lifeboats rescue stranded water ski powerboat
Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats were launched on Easter Monday morning
to help three people onboard a stranded speedboat.
RNLI's crew was paged at 10.46am after a vessel was reported aground
with people aboard - one of whom was very cold - in the River
Parrett at Combwich.
lifeboats were launched just before 11am and then proceeded upriver
towards the casualty.
waterski powerboat, approximately 18ft in length, was drifting
with the outgoing tide and in danger of running aground.
occupants, all experienced water users and wearing lifejackets,
were trying to paddle to the safety of the local launch slipway.
helmsman Kevin Barber said: "The D class lifeboat Puffin
volunteer crew accepted a line from the powerboat and towed it
to the slipway, whilst we stoodby in support."
occupants were then able to carry out the recovery. We returned
to Burnham-On-Sea for a speedy, but exciting, recovery in the
stiff onshore breeze."
The lifeboats launching on Monday (photos RNLI/Helen Brodie)