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September 5, 2005
'Distressed' woman rescued from rocks at Brean Down

The D-Class lifeboat being launched on Monday September 5th

Burnham-On-Sea's D-Class lifeboat is shown launching at 19:25 hours on Monday evening, September 5th, to help in the rescue of a woman reported to be in a "distressed" condition on rocks at Brean Down after being cut off by the incoming tide.

Both the town's lifeboats were called to the scene along with Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and a police helicopter from Wales.

Upon arrival at the incident, the crew of Burnham’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat, The Staines Whitfield, spotted the casualty sitting on a rock, a mile out from the shoreline close to the foot of Brean Down.

The middle-aged woman, from Radstock in Somerset, was taken off the rocks by the RNLI crew onboard 'Gobal Marine', the D-Class lifeboat. A crew member equipped with a radio and spare lifejacket landed on the rocks and helped the lady onboard.

She was then returned to the beach by the crew where she was met by paramedics and taken away in an ambulance to Weston General Hospital.


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