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Gale winds cause chaos for Minehead's RNLI lifeboat crew rescue
9:00pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
The surfers were reported missing after going into the water at St Audries Bay, late in the afternoon on Saturday (November 2).
As darkness fell with no sign of them returning, the alarm was raised however they had been swept by wind and tide around the headland to a neighbouring beach where they had managed to get ashore unhurt.
The lifeboat's mission was aborted as Minehead's Atlantic 85 lifeboat had reached Blue Anchor Bay when the surfers were reported safe.
Conditions on the beach in front of the station were so rough that it was impossible to drive the boat back onto its launching carriage.
The crew and shore helpers had to wait for more than an hour for the sea state to improve so the boat could be recovered safely.
Helmsman Paul Arnold said: “They were the liveliest conditions we have been out in for a couple of years.
“We managed to launch ok but by the time we got back there were some really huge waves coming into the beach and there was a very real risk of damaging the boat had we attempted to recover it then.”
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