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December 20, 2006
called out to find fishing boat in thick fog
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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
lifeboats - Puffin and Staines Whitefield - were stood down at
8.49pm, followed shortly afterwards by the Burnham Coastguard