24, 2017 Burnham-On-Sea
RNLI lifeboat called out to life-raft in Bristol Channel
lifeboat crew from Burnham-On-Sea RNLI faced stormy sea conditions
when they were called out on Monday evening (July 24th) to reports
of a life-raft floating in the Bristol Channel.
Staines Whitfield lifeboat was launched to investigate and is pictured
here in the rough seas off Burnham.
life-raft had been observed in the sea near Woodspring Bay at Weston-super-Mare,"
said spokesman Mike Lang.
Weston D class lifeboat was initially tasked to investigate, but
the heavy seas and strong winds made recovery impossible and Milford
Haven Coastguard control requested the launch of the larger and
heavier Burnham-On-Sea RNLI Atlantic 75 Lifeboat, at 5.27pm."
Burnham crew speedily launched the Staines Whitfield, and proceeded
towards Weston. However, the heavy seas and force five winds made
it heavy going, and eventually the volunteer crews were stood down
by Milford Coastguard to return to Burnham for recovery at around
Helmsman Kevin Barber added: "The strong force five winds and
heavy seas were difficult and Milford Coastguard decided to stand
us down, as there was no life in danger and the raft would eventually
be washed ashore anyway."
lifeboat was recovered from the sea by the RNLI launch tractor next
to the town's jetty, pictured above.
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