Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers received an early call this morning, Monday 3 June. Both lifeboats were launched at around 07.10 am to investigate reports of a grounded yacht at Berrow in the vicinity of Berrow Church. There being no apparent signs of life on board the casualty vessel, a crewmember from Burnham D Class lifeboat Burnham Reach boarded to investigate.
After unsuccessful attempts to tow the craft to safety, the rescue was abandoned, and the casualty left under the supervision of a Coastguard Coastal rescue team. Both lifeboats returned to Burnham-on-Sea for recovery and wash-down by the volunteer shore crew.
Helmsman Nick Edrich, who was in the D Class, said; ‘We reached the craft shortly before High water, and after assessment made around half a dozen unsuccessful attempts to tow it clear from the beach. We left the yacht under the Coastguard rescue team supervision and returned to Burnham slipway.’