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Lifeboats launched after yacht
runs aground in River Parrett
Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboats were launched on Sunday morning (August
7th) after a yacht ran aground in the River Parrett.
D-Class and Atlantic 75 boats were called out at 10:18am and launched
shortly afterwards from the town's jetty.
yacht, called the Kittiwake, had run aground on a sandbar at East
Dunball Point near Hunstpill.
the vessel stuck on the mud bank, the two yachtsmen onboard -
one aged 58 from Weston and the other aged 43 from Burnham - were
taken onboard the Staines Whitfield before being safely
brought back to shore at the town's Yacht Club.
yachtsmen said they had contacted Coastguards after apparently
misjudging the ebb of the tide. The Coastguard had then requested
the assistance of the RNLI.
Lifeboat Press Officer Mike Lang said: "The yachts
skipper, who was an experienced local sailer and well used to
Burnham-On-Sea waters, apparently misjudged the depth of water,
and ran aground on a falling tide. There was no immediate danger,
and signs were good for a successful recovery on the subsequent
yacht was refloated on the next tide later in the day and returned
to shore at the Burnham Sailing Club at around 8.20pm.
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360 degree photo of the mouth of the River Parrett