Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat volunteers were paged by Milford Haven Coastguard control at 09.27 am today, Thursday 11 April, after a person was reported in the waters of the River Parret, at Combwich.
Burnham-on Sea RNLI Lifeboat Burnham Reach was speedily launched with a crew of two and made it’s way up river towards the casualty. As the volunteers arrived it became evident that the casualty had already been recovered from the water, Coastguard Control stood the lifeboat down, and the crew returned Burnham Reach to Burnham-on-Sea for recovery and wash-down by the shore crew volunteers.
Also tasked to the incident were local charity BARB Search and Rescue, with their hovercraft..’
Lifeboats in service at Burnham-on-Sea:
A 8.5m Atlantic 85 named Doris Day and Brian and a smaller 4.95m D class IB1 inflatable named Burnham Reach The station was opened officially on 15th May 2004, but has been operational since December 2003.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.