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August 27, 2004
Hovercraft and Coastguard take part in Brean cliff rescue exercise

The Burnham hovercraft crew watch from the mudflats as the 'casualty' is locatedRescue teams from the Coastguard and Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft have rehearsed a dramatic cliff rescue on the slopes of Brean Down.

The Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft was launched from the beach at Brean to assist in the rescue of an imaginary 'casualty' who had fallen half way down the south side of the Down.

Due to the steepness of the cliffs it
may be difficult for rescuers to see the 'casualty', so the hovercraft crew played a vital role in watching from the mudflats below (pictured) and helping to guide rescuers safely over the rough terrain to find their target.

The Coastguard rescue team locate the 'casualty'During the 40-minute exercise, the two rescue teams stayed in constant radio contact as the 'casualty' was located.

BARB Hovercraft spokesman Mark Newman said: "This exercise was an excellent demonstration of how closely
the Coastguard and Burnham hovercraft teams work together.

"It was a perfect run-through of how the two groups would co-operate during a real emergency surrounding a cliff rescue."

Crew onboard the Burnham hovercraft watch from belowThe Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft has been called out to assist in the rescue of people and animals stuck in the dangerous mudflats in the Burnham area, but this exercise showed that the craft can also be used to play a vital role in other rescue scenarious as well.

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