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Burnham-On-Sea lifeboats help disabled
speedboat to shore
to Burnham-On-Sea's lifeboat station Open Day saw at first hand
how lifeboats are launched - after HM Coastguard Officers called
out crewmembers at 13:17 on Monday May 30.
boats were launched to help in the recovery of a disabled speedboat,
called Die Hard, which was drifting approximately half a mile
up the River Parrett after encountering engine problems.
lifeboat crews investigated and discovered the vessel, a sixteen
foot speedboat with six persons on board, and a disabled engine,
drifting in force three winds.
speedboat crew managed to restart the engine on minimal power
and were escorted safely back to the beach by the Staines Whitfield
lifeboat, where RNLI crewmembers helped them to the beach.
member of the speedboat crew from North Somerset said: I
used my mobile phone to call for help when the engine refused
we eventually managed to start the engine, I called the Coastguard
back, but the RNLI were already on their way.
added: It was good to know they were there ready to help
us if we were in trouble!
member of the local Auxillary Coastguard took the crews
details and advised them of the advantages of purchasing a proper
marine radio, instead of just relying on the use of a mobile phone.
the Staines Whitfield was landed, Swansea Coastguard Control asked
the lifeboat crew to investigate a report of another speedboat
drifting with apparently nobody on board.
crew investigated and found a small boat anchored with the occupants
engaged in an afternoons fishing, whereupon, they returned
to shore and the confines of the lifeboat station compound.
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