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Published: March 1, 2009
Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crew conducts search for teenager

A Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crew was called out at 3am on Sunday morning (March 1st) to help search for a missing teenager in the River Parrett near Combwich.

Two helicopters and Coastguards from Minehead and Watchet were also involved in the night-time operation.

The Puffin lifeboat launched from Burnham-On-Sea jetty and, as it was almost the bottom of the tide, the crew found it difficult to navigate the river, at times manoeuvring the lifeboat through slippery mud.

Coastguard control at Swansea later diverted them to search the sea towards Hinkley point and they were stood down at 4.53am when police successfully found the teenager at Hinkley Point.

Burnham Lifeboat Operations manager Ricky Holmes told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This was an extensive search conducted by the Exmoor Sector manager, Exmoor Search and Rescue team, Watchet and Minehead Coastguards, a police helicopter, and a search and rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor, plus our lifeboat."

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