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Sinking yacht rescued after sending
May Day message
sinking yacht with a damaged keel - as shown in the photo above
- was rescued by Burnham-On-Sea RNLI on Saturday August 20th after
its skipper issued a May Day message to Coastguards.
Staines Whitfield was launched at 17:35 in response to a call
from the 27ft Yacht called 'Emma' after she lost one of her bilge
keels whilst sailing in Bridgwater Bay.
lifeboat crew member was put onboard the casualty, and the yacht
was escorted to the safety of the Burnham Sailing Club's pontoons
where auxiliary Coastguard and sailing club members were on hand
to help the owner make his vessel safe.
helmsman Jason Coombes said: "The yacht had lost one of its
bilge keels and was taking on water. The yachtsman was managing
to make way under his own power, so we placed a crew member onboard
and escorted him to safety. He seemed pleased to see us."
Click here for video footage
of the recovery of the yacht in the River Brue
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