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Published: December 20, 2006
Burnham-On-Sea RNLI lifeboats called out to find fishing boat in thick fog

Coastguards called both Burnham-On-Sea RNLI's lifeboats into action on Wednesday night (December 20th) after a walker reported hearing voices coming from Bridgwater Bay.

Swansea Coastguard spokesman Bernie Kemble told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We received a 999 call from a member of the public walking along the seafront at 8.27pm who reported hearing voices from the sea and the sound of an outboard motor trying to be started."

"As visibility was down to just 20 metres because of thick fog, we tasked both lifeboats to investigate. Both were already out on training at the time."

"We quickly established that the voices had probably come from one of the lifeboat crews, however the Burnham Coastguard team found an empty boat trailer on the slipway and several of the RNLI crew confirmed they had seen an angling boat leaving the slipway a few minutes before."

"As a result, we tasked both lifeboat crews to go to Number One Buoy to locate the boat. This was found several minutes later at anchor where the anglers onboard were found safe and well and on a fishing trip until 4am."

Both lifeboats - Puffin and Staines Whitefield - were stood down at 8.49pm, followed shortly afterwards by the Burnham Coastguard team.

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