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August 24, 2004
Both lifeboats called out after man threatens 'suicide' in Bridgwater Bay

Both of Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats were called out by Coastguards in the early hours of Tuesday August 24th after a man entered Bridgwater Bay and was reported by police to have threatened to commit suicide.

A police spokesman at the scene said the 20-year-old male was shoulder-deep in sea water at the end of Burnham-On-Sea's jetty. The spokesman added that the man had called 999 on a mobile phone and had threatened to commit suicide.

Both the Staines Whitfield (pictured) and D-Class lifeboats from Burnham-On-Sea RNLI were called out at 00:23 hours, but were stood down at the top of the slipway after police coaxed the man out of the water.

An ambulance was waiting on the slipway and took the man to Weston-super-Mare General Hospital.

Both lifeboats returned to the RNLI Lifeboat Station in Pier Street at approximately 01:00 hours.

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