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Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboats paged to assist missing children search

Lifeboats News Release

Staines Whitfield, the Burnham-on-Sea Atlantic 75 lifeboat was speedily launched and the volunteer crew prepared to initiate a shoreline search between Burnham-on-Sea and Berrow.

Shows the lifeboat and launch tractor being hosed down at the Lifeboat Station on the wash-down grid.

RNLI/Mike Lang

Shows the lifeboat and launch tractor being hosed down at the Lifeboat Station on the wash-down grid.

No sooner had they reached the estimated search area, when the missing children, two twelve-year-old boys and a four-year-old girl were located on the shore by other agencies. Staines Whitfield was therefore stood down at around 2.30 pm and returned to Burnham town jetty for recovery and wash down.

As the tide was quite low at both launch and recovery, the result was one muddy tractor plus a muddy lifeboat, which took time to clean .

Lifeboat helm Nick Prout said: ‘We launched quickly and were glad to offer assistance, even though we were eventually not needed.’

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