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Burnham lifeboats take part in
Bristol Channel rescue exercise
lifeboats joined other stations in taking part in a major exercise
in the middle of the Bristol Channel on Saturday March 5.
four-hour long exercise to the north of Flat Holme involved over
six lifeboats from Barry, Weston, Burnham, Portishead and Penarth
plus an RAF Sea King helicopter from A flight 22 squadron, RMB
Chivenor - as shown in our photographs here.
crew members performed a number of rescue exercises, including
searches for 'casualties' in the sea, while the helicopter was
also used to take casualties to the shore and also airlift them
this exercise, no casualties were taken to shore, but the Barry
Dock RNLI lifeboat crew did render assistance to a private inflatable
craft that was taking on water, towing it to the safety of moorings
at Weston-super-mare. The event was co-ordinated by members of
Weston-super-mare RNLI lifeboat station.
of the public were able to observe some of the proceedings, albeit
from a distance, from Brean Down and Weston seafront.
Cutter, a senior Burnham-On-Sea helmsman said: "The exercise
appeared to run successfully and had been a useful rehearsal for
future helicopter rescues."
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