April 24, 2009
hovercraft called to Brean during Prince's visit to BARB
hovercraft crew was called to Brean after two anglers got into
difficulty at the same time that Prince Edward was making a special
visit to BARB, the charity behind the rescue service, on Friday
anglers had been fishing on rocks at the foot of Brean Down and
were trying to get back to the shore when they encountered problems
in the mud.
Brean beachwarden Pete Williams, who raised the alarm, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The pair were a long way out in the mud at the foot of the
the loud inhaler on our truck, I shouted out to the two of them
to raise a hand if they were in any difficulty and needed help."
one of them raised an arm, I immediately contacted Coastguards."
knew the Royal visit was happening in Burnham, but clearly this
was urgent and could not wait."
minutes, a team of Burnham Coastguards and BARB's Spirit of Lelaina
hovercraft were on the scene - leaving the Royal visitor behind
them in Burnham.
of the Coastguard team walked along the base of the Down, then
across an area of mud to the pair, and escorted them back to safety
of the hard sand while the hovercraft stood by.
photograph shows the scene next to Brean Down during Friday's
Prince Edward's visit to Burnham hovercraft station
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