sailor rescued by Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat crew
dinghy sailor was rescued by a lifeboat crew in Burnham-On-Sea
on Thursday afternoon (June 4th) after getting into difficulty
in the River Brue.
Coastguards and an RNLI lifeboat were called out at 2.35pm when
the man was spotted in difficulty, unable to row his inflatable
dinghy against the offshore wind and falling tide in the mouth
of the river estuary.
crew quickly reached the dinghy and found the man onboard was
an experienced local who had been caught unawares while carrying
out work on his yacht's mooring.
D-Class lifeboat transported him and his dinghy back to the beach
next to Burnham's jetty.
thanked the crew for their prompt assistance and made arrangements
to transport his dinghy back to Burnham Sailing Club compound.
Nick Prout said: "It just goes to show, even the most experienced
water users can need help sometimes. We were happy to assist."
incident came less than 24 hours after the start of an appeal
to raise funds for the lifeboat's replacement.
spokesman Mike Lang said: "Our crew are ready to launch 24
hours a day, and will spare no effort to attend when someone is
in trouble. Anyone
can be a lifeboat volunteer, it is absorbing and can result in
life-long friendships, training is provided, and you do not need
any previous experience. We do need more volunteers at present
and anyone interested can call 07889 815860."
BARB hovercraft crew were also put on standby during the incident
to provide further assistance if needed.
The dinghy sailor being taken back to the shore during Thursday's
incident in Burnham (photos Mike Lang)