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August 26, 2005
Staines Whitfield launched to investigate fishing boat 'in distress'

The Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat was called out at 11:00am by Coastguards after a phone call from a member of the public reported that a fishing boat was in distress off the town's beach.

The Staines Whitfield lifeboat returning to shoreBurnham Coastguards were quickly on the scene and spotted the small fishing boat with no apparent signs of life.

They called on the RNLI to investigate and the Staines Whitfield lifeboat was quickly launched.

On reaching the craft, crew members found the boat’s crew to be quietly fishing. After a thorough search of the immediate area, the lifeboat returned to the beach.

Lifeboat press Officer Mike Lang said: "On this occasion there was apparently nobody in trouble. However, it is better to ring the Coastguard to allow them to investigate than risk a fatality by doing nothing."


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