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.
RNLI shop - please note as from Mon 30th Nov 10 am the shop will be at 10 the High Street.
Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Helmsman's first call
Lifeboat volunteer Matt Edwards had launched Burnham-on-Sea's D Class lifeboat Puffin, Monday 18 July. After carrying out a sequence of routine manoeuvres, as the final part of his assessment to the coveted RNLI helmsman status, and just about to recover at Burnham jetty, Milford Haven Coastguard tasked the lifeboat boat to investigate reports of a swimmer in difficulties (at 7.52 pm). Apparently, a well-meaning member of public had seen the swimmer far out from the beach, assumed he was in trouble because of the outgoing tide, and called the Coastguard. (more details here)
Matt started a search pattern and located the swimmer adjacent to Burnham's number two navigation buoy. It transpired that the swimmer was not in difficulty and well used to long distance swimming. Matt tactfully withdrew, kept a weather eye on the 'casualty' for a good ten minutes to confirm the swimmer's competence, before returning to the beach for recovery and the usual wash-down by the volunteer shore crew.
RNLI Inspector Paul Eastment said; 'The swimmer was intercepted by No 2 buoy. We spoke with him to ensure he was OK, and he insisted he was quite capable of swimming back to shore. We monitored his progress for a while, and he was obviously a competent strong swimmer, so we returned to the beach for recovery.
Station Deputy Launch Authority Lyndon Baker said later; 'Well done Matt!. First shout as a Helm! Thanks to all that helped launch and recovery.'
Lifeboats Press Officer Mike Lang adds; 'This could have been a serious incident, but we would rather be called on a false alarm with good intent than someone lose a life. The RNLI have undertaken a campaign to reduce preventable drownings, called 'Respect the Water'. So, if you think someone is in trouble, call 999 and talk to the Coastguard.'
Burnham-on-Sea RNLI and BARB Search and Rescue to brighten up Emergency Services day.
On Sunday 7th August 2016, Burnham-on-Sea RNLI and BARB Search and Rescue will join forces to bring a spectacular event to Burnham-on-Sea, with added help from both HM Coastguard and Victoria Taylor from Burnham Bootcamp. (more details here)
Monday 8th May
Both Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboats tasked to assist search for a missing 15 year old boy along the Esplanade area .........more.......
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