and Coastguard take part in Brean cliff rescue exercise
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
for rescuers to see the 'casualty', so the hovercraft crew played a
role in watching from the mudflats below (pictured) and helping to guide
rescuers safely over the rough terrain to find their target.
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.
was a perfect run-through of how the two groups would co-operate during
a real emergency surrounding a cliff rescue."
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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