RNLI crews stood down from rescue due to ‘impossible’ conditions

PUBLISHED: 10:44 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:44 25 July 2017

Burnham RNLI crews and their new lifeboat.

Burnham RNLI crews and their new lifeboat.

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RNLI crews had to turn back to shore during a rescue mission due to strong winds yesterday evening (Monday) near Weston-super-Mare.

An emergency call was received after a life raft was spotted in the sea off Woodspring Bay.

Nobody was spotted aboard the raft.

Weston’s RNLI team was initially called out but ‘heavy seas and strong winds made recovery impossible’.

Instead, a bigger and heavier lifeboat was sent from Burnham-on-Sea at 5.27pm to deal with the incident but again the conditions proved too tricky and the volunteer crew was stood down at 6.20pm.

MORE: Coastguard help person on jetty.

Lifeboat helmsman Kevin Barber said the coastguard decided to make a sensible decision given how tough the conditions were.

He said: “The strong force five winds and heavy seas were difficult and Milford Coastguard decided to stand us down, as there was no life in danger and the raft would eventually be washed ashore anyway.”

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