Burnham-On-Sea lifeboat station is looking for volunteers to join its existing crews.

The station in Burnham’s Pier Street is particularly keen in hearing from local people who are available during the daytime and live and work close by.

The crews respond at a moment’s notice when their pagers go off and give up their time and comfort to save lives at sea and are regularly called away from their families, their beds and their work, 24 hours a day.

As well as going out on rescues, crew members also commit to regular training afloat and onshore, and additional specialist training. The team trains on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, subject to operational commitments.

Lifeboat crew members operate the lifeboats during rescues and are responsible for their safety and the safety of those they rescue.

Shore crew provide a vital link in the chain, by launching and recovering the lifeboat, and making sure it is ready for the next call.

Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer Ian Brown says: “If you’re interested why not pop along to the station on a Wednesday evening where you can see the boats, meet some of the crew and have an informal chat about the volunteering roles available.”

Pictured: The larger Atlantic 75 lifeboat Staines Whitfield in company with the smaller D class lifeboat Burnham Reach (RNLI/Ian Brown)