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Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat called
out to assist fishing boat
RNLI's Staines Whitfield lifeboat
out by Swansea Coastguard at 11:45am on Friday August 12th to
help a 14ft fishing boat after it suffered engine failure.
closer investigation, the crew of the lifeboat found a fourteen
foot boat with a disabled 2hp outboard engine anchored approximately
half a mile up the River Parrett adjacent to the Huntspill sea
the casualty was holding off from a lee shore, it was necessary
for the safety of both vessels to tow the boat clear.
crew passed the tow line to the casualty, who tied the end to
his mast. As they both entered the River Brue, the mast snapped
and the boat capsized tipping the owner into the water.
elderly owner had previously elected to stay with his boat. The
lifeboat crew retrieved the man and delivered him to the auxiliary
Coastguard at the Burnham Sailing Club pontoon and went back to
collect the boat and fishing equipment.
boat was retrieved and delivered to the Coastguard who made it
secure. The photo shows the boat after retrieval by the lifeboat
Operations Manager Martin Cox said: "Unfortunately there
was no other strong point to tow the boat from. We have spoken
to the owner who confirms this and he has suffered no ill effects
from his escapade."
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360 degree photo of the mouth of the River Parrett