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Published: June 18, 2008
Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crew pull stricken yacht to safety

A yacht was pulled to safety by Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crews on Wednesday evening (June 18th) after its owner got into difficulties in gusty winds next to the town's jetty.

With Burnham's two lifeboats standing by, three crew members entered the water to help pull the 17ft cabin sailing yacht from the sea and onto its trailer. [Click here to watch online video of this rescue]

The crews had been returning from a training session in Bridgwater Bay when they were requested by Burnham Coastguards to investigate whether the owner of the yacht, called Puffin, needed assistance.

The owner, a Glastonbury man, who also got into difficulty earlier this month, was finding it difficult to pull the yacht onto its trailer in the freshening force four to five northerly winds and had anchored it at around 6pm.

Burnham RNLI Operations Manager Ricky Holmes told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The gentleman was obviously having some difficulty and we were only too pleased to help."

Burnham RNLI spokesman Mike Lang added: "Although this wasn’t a regular 'shout', the task of returning the yacht to its trailer proved to be quite intricate and deserved some recognition of the crew’s efforts."

The lifeboat's crew waded into the sea water to the yacht, Puffin

The lifeboat crew tried pulling the yacht to the shore with a rope

Almost 20 minutes later, the yacht was safely on its trailer with the tide receding around it


Official Burnham-On-Sea RNLI website


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