Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: April 13, 2008
Burnham rescuers come to the aid of ambulance stranded in soft sand

Rescuers in Burnham-On-Sea came to the aid of an ambulance crew on Sunday afternoon (April 13th) when their vehicle became stuck in soft sand on the town's beach.

Burnham-based rescue charity BARB was alerted at 1.30pm after the wheels of a Wessex Ambulance Service vehicle sank into the sand while its crew provided first aid cover during the town's annual Aquathon beach race.

BARB used its tractor to pull the stranded vehicle onto the hard sand where it was able to safely leave the beach. Fortunately, the tide was out at the time so the vehicle was not in any immediate risk.

Wessex Ambulance made a donation to BARB after Sunday's incident and driver Godfrey Horler said: "We are very grateful for the assistance of the BARB team."

BARB has helped rescue many people and vehicles from the sand and mud in recent years. BARB runs two hovercrafts and a rescue boat on a 24-hour basis along Somerset's coastline.

Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site


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