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Burnham RNLI crew assist with recovery
of sunken boat at jetty
RNLI's crew helped to recover a partially-sunken speedboat near
the town's jetty on Saturday evening, May 7th.
4.5m Bayliner boat went down at around 6pm and the RNLI crew were
called out shortly afterwards by the Coastguard to help with the
owner of the boat, a 35 year-old-male from Coventry, had been
trying to launch his craft from the jetty when the boat had been
swamped by water. The launching trailer was also swept off the
side of the jetty by the waves.
lifeboat crew kitted up, and entered the water to hold the boat
on the slipway against strong side currents and waves.
lines were attached to the vessel, and the boat was secured until
the tide turned at approximately 7.40pm.
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard team later removed the badly damaged
vessel and trailer.
experienced onlooker remarked that the conditions were too rough
for launching from the jetty, and mentioned the importance of
checking the local weather before trying to launch a boat in unfamiliar
Coastguard Officer Steve Bird said: "The boat encountered
difficulties near the town's jetty. After surveying the scene,
we called on the RNLI to help. The team played a major part in
helping with the recovery."
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