Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: April 5, 2008
Burnham Coastguards and hovercraft crews rescue trapped family

Three people were rescued at Brean on Saturday afternoon (April 5th) after a high-performance vehicle became trapped on the mudflats.

A team of Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and crewmen from Burnham's Spririt Of Lelaina hovercraft were called to the scene, next to Brean Down, at 2.20pm after a man and two children - aged nine and six - became trapped in their vehicle about 500m from the beach.

BARB Chairman Mark Newman said: "This incident once again underscores the danger of venturing out onto the mudflats. Fortunately, the Burnham hovercraft and Coastguards were quickly on the scene and able to avoid any injuries. The three people were brought back to the safety of the beach."

The driver of the vehicle - Ian Jackson from Small Heath in the West Midlands (pictured) - said: "I was very relieved to see the Burnham hovercraft and Coastguards arrive so quickly."

He added: "We didn't realise how dangerous the mudflats can be."

Brean's beach warden had raised the alarm after spotting the family in difficulty. He alerted Coastguards who, in turn, called on the Burnham hovercraft.

BARB is a Burnham-based charity that operates two rescue hovercrafts and an inshore rescue boat. It is in operation 24 hours a day.

A recovery operation to pull the vehicle free ahead of the incoming tide succeeded later on Saturday afternoon when a commercial recovery service pulled the vehicle free.

The Toyota off-road 4x4 became trapped in mud besides Brean Down.

Coastguards, the Brean beach warden, and Burnham's Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft were quickly on scene.

The vehicle was pulled free later on Saturday evening by a commericial recovery service, as pictured here.

Photos from Burnham-On-Sea.com, Dave Bailey and James Packer.

Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards Web site


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