Welcome to the Burnham-on-Sea Lifeboat Station website. This site is maintained by lifeboat station personnel and as such is the official Burnham-on-Sea RNLI website. Within these pages you will find station history and indicative operational information, detailing the service provided to those who spend time on the water off of the Somerset coast, from Watchet to Brean Down.
Our station at Burnham-On-Sea has only been operational since December 23rd 2003 and is crewed by a highly trained, efficient and enthusiastic bunch of men and women, supported in the background by admin staff, station supporters, shop staff, fundraisers and many others.
Through the dedication and training of around 30 volunteer boat crew, shore crew and officers at Burnham-On-Sea, our role is to 'Save Lives at Sea'. Please do not forget that our life saving activities are only possible because of voluntary contributions. Please support the RNLI.
Two Burnham-on-Sea Lifeboat crew receive personal letters of commendation from RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier.
In an incident on 13 July 2013, Burnham-on-Sea RNLI D class lifeboat Puffin was paged to assist two girls, who were desperately clinging to chains holding up a navigational post, at the end of Burnham-on-Sea Jetty. Both girls were in imminent danger of being swept upstream by the incoming 5 knot tide.
Realising the urgency of the situation, helmsman Nick Edrich had left the station on foot, arriving as one of the girls released her grip on the chains. Nick sprinted the last 150 yards to the water's edge wearing a dry-suit and lifejacket, and entered the water, swimming to the girl before being assisted by a coastguard rescue team member who had thrown a safety line to assist their safe return to the shore.
Meanwhile, Helmsman Lyndon Baker recognising the peril of the second girl entered the water, dressed in shorts and T shirt. Lyndon, because of his experience and training was sure he could make the distance, in the five knot current, to the post. Once there, he encouraged the girl to continue holding on until the D class lifeboat was launched, and able to come alongside, to complete the rescue. Lyndon was then assisted in his return to the shore by another Coastguard rescue team member who threw him a safety line.
In the letters to both, Paul Boissier concluded by saying; 'This was a rapidly developing life-threatening scenario. You demonstrated quick thinking, selfless courage and excellent judgement in the face of urgency, saving the lives of two children.'
Lifeboat Operations Manager Matt Davies adds; 'RNLI volunteers are trained to respond quickly and safely to incidents of all kinds. This was obviously a life or death situation and they both rose to the challenge.'
Helmsman Lyndon Baker (left) and Helmsman Nick Edrich (right) with LOM Matt Davies with their Letters of Commendation.
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