Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Updated: April 24, 2009
Rescue hovercraft called to Brean during Prince's visit to BARB

Burnham-On-Sea's 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 (April 24th).

The 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 Down."

"Using 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."

"When one of them raised an arm, I immediately contacted Coastguards."

"I knew the Royal visit was happening in Burnham, but clearly this was urgent and could not wait."

Within 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.

One 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.

Our photograph shows the scene next to Brean Down during Friday's incident


Prince Edward's visit to Burnham hovercraft station

Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site


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