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Burnham lifeboat rescues 21 foot
speedboat and crew of three
members onboard Burnham-On-Sea's Atlantic 75 lifeboat rescued
a 21 foot speedboat and its crew of three on Monday evening, May
Staines Whitfield lifeboat (pictured) was training south of Brean
Down on a joint exercise with Burnham Coastguard on
Monday when the incident unfolded.
approximately 20:10, Weston Coastguard called Swansea Coastguard
control after a speedboat was spotted displaying a red distress
flare in Weston Bay.
lifeboat was also called, but because the Staines Whitfield lifeboat
was less than five minutes away, the Coastguard directed it to
Burnham crew found the distressed craft - a 21ft speedboat with
a disabled engine - drifting in strong on-shore winds approximately
400 yards off the Sea Life centre at Weston-Super-Mare.
took the vessel in tow and delivered the casualty to the safety
of Knightstone Harbour.
RNLI Helmsman Glen Cutter said: "The speedboat was drifting
helplessly in strong on-shore winds. We were close enough to render
assistance quickly and the Coastguard asked us to help."
crew resumed training before returning to Burnham-On-Sea at around
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