boat rescued by Burnham-On-Sea lifeboats and Coastguards
Coastguards and a lifeboat crew were called out on Saturday evening
(April 15th) to help a stricken boat taking on water.
14 metre landing craft was escorted to Burnham-On-Sea Yacht Club
by Burnham RNLI after getting into difficulty in the Bristol Channel
near Hinkley Point power station.
craft, called Patriot, is used by sub-contractors working at Hinkley
and had suffered bow door failure en-route into Watchet harbour
when it had started taking on water.
and the Barry Dock off-shore lifeboat were initially tasked to assist
but after pumping out water and steadying the situation, they were
unable to get the vessel into Watchet.
was decided to bring the landing craft, under its own power, to
the safety of Burnham Sailing Club in the River Brue. The crew of
Burnham RNLI's lifeboat Staines Whitfield led the way whilst the
Barry Dock lifeboat followed.
safely in the Brue the decision was taken to beach the vessel near
the sailing club with the help of the lifeboat, shore crew with
ropes and the station's launch tractor.
helmsman Nick Edrich told Buenham-On-Sea.com: "The landing
craft crew were extremely relieved to receive lifeboat assistance,
as sea was choppy and they had been taking on a lot of water. It
was a long shout, but we were glad to help."
vessel - a landing craft with a drop-front - had experienced difficulties
when its ramp had dropped mid-journey, leading to water engulfing
crew onboard had struggled to lift the ramp back up and tie it in
place, however a member of the crew had then begun to experience
signs of hypothermia due to the cold northerly winds out on the
helicopter winched several water pumps onboard the vessel to help
it stay afloat and a hypothermic crew member was lifted to safety.
was a great job by all the teams, with maximum effort put in over
a long period - it was a great example of what everyone trains for,"
said a Coastguard spokesman.
boat arriving in Burnham alongside the lifeboats
stricken boat was beached near the Sailing Club pontoons
were used to secure the vessel on the beach
The boat was refloated on Easter Sunday morning on the high
tide (photos from Burnham-On-Sea.com / Mike Lang / Reg Hearing)