Mystery surrounds an old fishing boat found beached on Stert Island on Tuesday morning (October 15th).

Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and an RNLI lifeboat were called out at 9am to investigate the beached vessel, as we reported here, after it was spotted on the eastern side of the island opposite Burnham-On-Sea.

Due to the falling tide, the lifeboat crew was unable to reach the small craft until the evening tide, when it was towed to Burnham Sailing Club by Burnham RNLI.

A Coastguard spokesman said: “It appeared to have been washed in on the tide after having possibly broken loose from somewhere, and our operations room will continue to investigate as far as possible with the limited information available and attempt to track down the owners.”

The boat is circled in our photo above on Stert Island on Tuesday evening with Hinkley Point power station seen in the background.

The craft was towed off the island by the RNLI at around 8pm and has been securely moored at Burnham-On-Sea sailing club pontoons while investigations continue.