Busy bank holiday for lifeboat crews

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 May 2011

It proved to be a busy May Day Bank Holiday for the area's lifeboat crews

It proved to be a busy May Day Bank Holiday for the area's lifeboat crews

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THREE men had a 'lucky escape' when their rubber dinghy drifted out to sea near Brean on May Day Bank Holiday.

And on a busy day for the lifeboat crews, a man and his dog were rescued from a stricken yacht which had gotten into difficulty on the north side of Brean Down.

The lifeboats from Burnham coastguard were first launched at 6.25pm after they had received a report of the men, who are in their twenties, drifting out to sea in a small rubber dinghy, and the six to eight foot-long dinghy was found a quarter of a mile from the beach.

One person was in the dinghy and two in the water holding on, and they were then taken to the beach for treatment.

Lifeboat helmsman Scott Rundle said: “We located the dinghy, and rendered assistance. The three man crew, males in their late twenties, appeared cold, in poor shape, and approaching stage one hypothermia.

“These small rubber boats are not designed for use at sea, and they had a very lucky escape.”

And just before 8pm, two lifeboats from Weston were launched after a 22-foot-long yacht, called Jumping Jack Flash, was reported to be in difficulty in rough conditions on the north side of the down.

After it was decided the yacht’s engine was not powerful enough to stem the ebb tide and wind, the boat was towed to the yacht club pontoon near the River Axe where the owner and his dog were allowed to step ashore.

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