Shouts (Service Calls) 2017


Latest Shout Friday 3rd November 2017

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Volunteer Crews carry out medical evacuation in Bristol Channel

Both Burnham-on-Sea RNLI  lifeboats were paged at 10.12 pm, Friday evening,  by Milford Haven Coastguard to a report of a person taken ill aboard a working platform off Hinkley Point.

Both the B Class Staines Whitfield and D Class Burnham Reach were launched on service and made their way through thick fog to the platform. On arrival the casualty had been assessed by the medical team and the decision was taken to medivac the casualty back to Burnham-on-Sea jetty.

Both boats returned and due to the very low water had to be recovered using both launch vehicles as there was a very real risk of becoming stuck in the exposed mud.

The lifeboat volunteers were joined by Burnham Coastguard who assisted at scene and the casualty was taken to a waiting ambulance.

The crews returned to station for a well earned cuppa and to wash down. Both boats were made ready for service and all finally left the station just after 1.00 am.

Atlantic Class helm Nick Prout said; ‘It was a challenging tasking due to the dense fog but all ended well. We were happy to help - it's what we are here for.’

Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team said afterwards; ‘A good outcome and yet another great example of a multi-agency tasking.’