In pictures: Burnham-on-Sea RNLI help large ship which took on water in the Bristol Channel

PUBLISHED: 09:18 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:25 18 April 2017

The Burnham RNLI crew was called at 8.20pm on Easter Sunday.

The Burnham RNLI crew was called at 8.20pm on Easter Sunday.

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Burnham-on-Sea’s RNLI team was called to help get a 14-metre landing craft, which began to take on water in the Bristol Channel, out of trouble during the Easter weekend.

The crew launching.The crew launching.

The RNLI volunteers were paged at 8.20pm on Easter Sunday to help the Minehead and Barry Dock lifeboats with a 14-metre landing craft.

The landing craft was being used by sub-contractors working at Hinkley Point C, but it began taking on water when its bow door failed while it was on its way to Watchet Harbour.

The 14-metre landing craft had taken on water in the Bristol Channel.The 14-metre landing craft had taken on water in the Bristol Channel.

The lifeboat crews were able to pump out a lot of water but could not get the vessel into Watchet.

Minehead and Barry Dock lifeboats called for the Burnham crew's support.Minehead and Barry Dock lifeboats called for the Burnham crew's support.

Crews then decided to take the landing craft to the safety of the sailing club pontoons in the River Brue, with the Burnham crew leading the way.

Burnham helmsman Nick Edrich said: “The landing craft crew were extremely relieved to receive lifeboat assistance, as the sea was choppy and they had been taking on a lot of water. It was a long shout, but we were glad to help.”

Crews were able to pump out the water and guide the landing craft to safety.Crews were able to pump out the water and guide the landing craft to safety.

The landing craft was taken to safety at sailing club pontoons in the River Brue.The landing craft was taken to safety at sailing club pontoons in the River Brue.


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