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Published: April 18, 2009
Dinghy holidaymakers rescued by Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crew

Two Australian holidaymakers who got swept out to sea while fishing on a dinghy in Bridgwater Bay were rescued by a Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crew on Saturday afternoon (April 18th).

The couple, Anthony Collis, 25, and partner Deborah, 30, from Perth, set sail from Burnham beach in their inflatable dinghy on Saturday lunchtime and found themselves being swept out into the channel by the receding tide.

The Staines Whitfield lifeboat was launched and the couple were taken onboard about half a mile north of Stert Island before being safely brought back to shore.

They were lifted onto the launch vehicle, Kay's Cart, before being driven to the top of the beach where they were met by Coastguards.

"We had no idea that the tides here can be dangerous," said Anthony. "The lifeboat crew did an excellent job and were very friendly. Top dollar! "

"We'd been swept out into the sea and were trying to paddle back in when the lifeboat came out to us."

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