RNLI lifeboat called to reports of 'boat in distress'
RNLI crews were called out at just after 5pm on Friday (June 29th)
to investigate reports of a fishing boat in distress at the northern
end of Stert Island.
D-Class lifeboat Burnham Reach was launched and the crew of three
set off to investigate.
vessel, a 20ft fishing boat, was quickly located at the edge of
the main channel near Berrow Flats and it was found to be not in
difficulty and the occupants were simply fishing.
exchanging friendly greetings, the crew returned to Burnham beach
for recovery by the station shore crew, and the lifeboat was washed
down at the RNLI station.
helmsman Stuart Lacey said: "To be fair, because of the suns
reflection from the fishing boats white hull, it was difficult
to tell whether the boat was in distress or not until you got quite
fact they were properly equipped, and experienced, just enjoying
an afternoons fishing. This was a false alarm with good intent."