Burnham-On-Sea lifeboats rescue boat aground on mudbank
sailing boat was rescued by lifeboat crews from Burnham-On-Sea after
running aground on Sunday evening (July 9th).
25ft boat, called Scamp, ran aground on a mud bank in the River
Parrett between Burnham and Combwich just before 8pm.
skipper, Graham Wills, is a member of Burnham RNLI, and says he
knew immediately that he needed to call for a lifeboat.
were out on an evening sail, along the Parrett estuary, when we
ran aground on a mudbank," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
mud does move around frequently and it's shifted since I last sailed
in that area of the river- we were
just unlucky to get caught."
the boat was leaning at about 50 degrees with the sea water right
up to the tow rail, I made an early call for the RNLI's help to
pull me off the mudbank. It could have been serious on the outgoing
crew member boarded the boat and the boat was towed off the bank
and returned to the safety of Burnham Sailing Club's pontoons where
Burnham Coastguards were waiting, as pictured below.
spokesman said: "We were tasked by the Milford Haven Operations
Room to a 25ft vessel that had run aground in the River Parrett.
Watchet Coastguard Team had also been tasked due to the location."
Lifeboats had been launched to assist and were making good progress.
We had been asked to head along the river path as a precaution,
the sail boat had been listing, if it went over then a technical
rescue would have to be initiated."
we were en-route we got communications from the lifeboats that they
had arrived and managed to quickly tow the vessel off the sand bank
without any issues."
Graham Wills and Mike Kelly onboard the boat after the rescue
it was back in deep enough water it was able to continue its journey
back to its mooring at Burnham Yacht Club, escorted by one of the
Lifeboats. Some of our Coastguard team met them at the pontoon to
have a chat with them and ensure they were carrying all the right
equipment and that they were OK."
were very experienced sailors on a well-prepared vessel, they regularly
sail in the area and were the victims of changing landscapes of
knew as soon as it happened they would need assistance and didn't
hesitate to call it in. We always advise to call as soon as it happens
as any delay could prove costly, and these guys were on the ball."
the quick response and expert work by the lifeboat crew this situation
was resolved without any further problems and all that was injured
was some pride."
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