crew called to beached boat next to Burnham-On-Sea jetty
volunteers were called out on Friday morning (July 28th) to help
the owner of a speed boat that had taken on water while being launched
from Burnham-On-Sea beach.
owner had tried to launching the small powerboat next to the town's
jetty when the waves had flooded it on the incoming tide. The jetty
supervisor spotted the boat was in trouble and called for the help
of BARB to help its owners, Sam and Tim Caswell, who are on holiday
from Carterton in Oxfordshire.
said: "We were trying to launch the boat in the shallow water
but the sea was quite choppy and the waves came over the sides,
inundating the boat with water. We struggled to keep control, fighting
against the tide, and decided after 15 minutes that it was a no-go
to launch. The jetty supervisor was so helpful and contacted the
Coastguard, who in turn called out BARB. We were very grateful for
Lowe, BARB Operations Manager, said: "The couple were unlucky
- they were well equipped with safety equipment including life jackets,
flares and radios - but got caught out with the waves. Once
the tide had receded, we were happy to help them with bailing out
the water from the boat and then recovering it so that it could
be safely taken away by the owners on their trailer."