March 29, 2016
Burnham-On-Sea lifeboats rescue stranded water ski powerboat

Both Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats were launched on Easter Monday morning to help three people onboard a stranded speedboat.

Burnham 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.

Both lifeboats were launched just before 11am and then proceeded upriver towards the casualty.

The waterski powerboat, approximately 18ft in length, was drifting with the outgoing tide and in danger of running aground.

The occupants, all experienced water users and wearing lifejackets, were trying to paddle to the safety of the local launch slipway.

Lifeboat 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."

"The 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."

Pictured: The lifeboats launching on Monday (photos RNLI/Helen Brodie)


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