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August 17, 2004
Burnham lifeboat helps speedboat to shore

The Staines Whitfield being launched on August 17thA speedboat with three crew onboard was helped to shore by Burnham-On-Sea's Lifeboat on Tuesday night, August 17, after the craft lost power and began drifting out of Bridgwater Bay with the falling tide.

Coastguards called on Burnham-On-Sea RNLI to assist, and the Staines Whitfield lifeboat was launched shortly afterwards at 21:40.

With three RNLI crew onboard, led by helm Scott Rundle, the team located the speedboat 400 yards off the end of Burnham jetty and towed it to the safety of Brue Yachts in the River Brue estuary to the south of Burnham-On-Sea.

The 16ft Fletcher speedboat had suffered a loss of power reportedly caused by a low battery. Its crew were unhurt.

The RNLI lifeboat returned to Burnham jetty at approximately 22:30.

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