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Lifeboat recsues trapped couple
in first full launch
new lifeboat has played its first life saving role by rescuing
two people and a dog who were stranded and just minutes from being
engulfed by waves.
lifeboat - called the Staines Whitfield - was taking part in a
training run to Minehead when it sailed to the rescue.
residents Brett Bates and Susan Juggins were walking along the
cliffs when their collie dog Sam fell over the edge, landing on
Lilstock Beach, 60 feet below.
and Susan went to help their dog but were cut off by the tide
- one of the highest of the year.
crew aboard the Scooby Doo 2 spotted the stranded couple and raised
the alarm. Staines Whitfield answered the call for aid.
Tanner, helsman, said: "We heard on the radio that the Watchet
crew was trying to find some people cut off by the tide and headed
back towards Watchet. We were half a mile out from the Minehead
coast when we found them."
6pm, Brett, Susan and Sam were perched on a disappearing stretch
of sand and 45 minutes from being washed out to sea. The lifeboat
moved into shallow water near the rocky shore and Malcolm and
crewman Lyndon Baker plunged into the sea. Crewman Richie Grimmet
reached out and helped Brett, Susan and Sam aboard. They dropped
their relieved and unhurt passengers to safety further up the
RSPCA was on hand and treated Sam at the scene. He had a broken
leg and injured ribs from his fall.
lifeboat crew's efforts were even more spectacular as Lyndon and
Richie had never carried out a rescue before. Malcolm, who has
ten years experience wit BARB, said: "The two guys were new
to the game. They had been out on the boat two or three times,
but on this time they can got an eye opener as it was their first
shout and they did very well. The boat also did very well. The
RNLI is second to none and the boat is a fabulous bit of kit."
Staines Whitfield is Burnham's first lifeboat for 70 years and
will be officially named and dedicated at a ceremony on May 15.
story appeared on the front page of the April 13, 2004 edition
of the Burnham & Highbridge Mercury
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