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June 18, 2008
lifeboat crew pull stricken yacht to safety
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.
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]
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.
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
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."
RNLI spokesman Mike Lang added: "Although this wasnt
a regular 'shout', the task of returning the yacht to its trailer
proved to be quite intricate and deserved some recognition of
the crews efforts."
lifeboat's crew waded into the sea water to the yacht, Puffin
lifeboat crew tried pulling the yacht to the shore with a rope
20 minutes later, the yacht was safely on its trailer with the
tide receding around it
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