Berrow Beach Yacht owner David Moore

Police have launched a missing person enquiry as they try to find this man who they believe is the owner of a yacht that was found aground on Berrow beach on Monday morning (June 3rd).

A witness reported to Avon and Somerset Police that they saw the yacht – called ‘Egoist’ – apparently abandoned at about 6.30am on Monday on the sands near Berrow Church.

The vessel had been seen leaving Watchet Marina on the afternoon of Saturday 1st June.

“Police are treating this as a missing person enquiry,” a Police spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com, as they released this photo of the owner. 

“Officers are concerned for the welfare of the owner, David Moore, aged 43, and anyone with information which could help is asked to get in touch,” said the spokesman.

Those with information can contact the Police via www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5219122957.

Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crews were called out early on Monday to investigate reports of the grounded yacht on Berrow beach.

Both lifeboats were launched at 7.10am from the town’s jetty and made their way to the scene near Berrow Church.

There being no apparent signs of life onboard the vessel, a crewmember from Burnham’s D-Class lifeboat Burnham Reach boarded it to investigate. 

After unsuccessful attempts to tow the craft to safety, the rescue was abandoned, and the vessel was left under the supervision of the Coastguard. 

Both lifeboats returned to Burnham for recovery and wash-down by the shore crew.

Helmsman Nick Edrich, who was on the D-Class lifeboat, said: “We reached the craft shortly before high water and, after assessment, made around half a dozen unsuccessful attempts to tow it clear from the beach.”

“We left the yacht under the Coastguard rescue team supervision and returned to Burnham slipway.”

Pictured: The scenes on Berrow beach and the lifeboats launching from Burnham (Photos: RNLI, Police, Burnham-On-Sea.com, Al Crook, Steve Cox)