False alarm for Weston lifeboat after people spotted on Birnbeck Island

PUBLISHED: 15:48 02 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:48 02 December 2017

Weston's lifeboat was all set to launch this morning (Saturday). Picture: RNLI/Weston

Weston's lifeboat was all set to launch this morning (Saturday). Picture: RNLI/Weston

RNLI/Weston

Public urged to stay away from Birnbeck Island, which is private property and can be dangerous

Birnbeck Island is private property and off-limits to the public. Picture: Eddie HancockBirnbeck Island is private property and off-limits to the public. Picture: Eddie Hancock

Weston’s RNLI lifeboat was all set to launch this morning (Saturday) after three people were spotted on the off-limits Birnbeck Island.

The RNLI was alerted at 11.35am, but the call came at low tide and the three were spotted making their way back from the island across the shingle.

Members of Weston Coastguard Rescue Team were waiting to meet them ashore to offer a advice.

An RNLI spokesman said: “Members of the public should be reminded that the island remains private property and is a very dangerous place to try and visit for a variety of reasons.”

Buildings on Birnbeck Island are slowly collapsing. Picture: Simon AngearBuildings on Birnbeck Island are slowly collapsing. Picture: Simon Angear

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