lifeboat called to swimmer close to town's jetty
A new lifeboat helmsman in Burnham-On-Sea was called to check
on a swimmer during his first launch.
Edwards was onboard Burnham's D-Class lifeboat Puffin on Monday
evening when he was carrying out a sequence of routine manoeuvres
as part of his assessment to become an RNLI helmsman.
was just about to recover back at Burnham jetty when Milford Haven
Coastguard tasked the lifeboat crew to investigate reports of
a swimmer in difficulties.
a well-meaning member of public had seen the swimmer far out from
the beach, assumed he was in trouble because of the outgoing tide,
and called the Coastguard.
started a search pattern and located the swimmer near to Burnhams
number two navigation buoy. It transpired that the swimmer was
not in difficulty and was in fact well used to long distance swimming.
withdrew, kept a weather eye on the swimmer for a good ten minutes
to confirm his competence, and then returned to the beach for
recovery and wash-down by the shore team.
Inspector Paul Eastment said: "The swimmer was intercepted
by No 2 buoy. We spoke with him to ensure he was OK, and he insisted
he was quite capable of swimming back to shore. We monitored his
progress for a while, and he was obviously a competent strong
swimmer, so we returned to the beach for recovery."
Deputy Launch Authority Lyndon Baker said : "Well done to
Matt on his first shout as a helm. Thanks to all that helped launch
Photo: Ian Brown took this image of the lifeboat and swimmer during the incident.