Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: August 30, 2008
Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft joins search for missing Brean child

Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft was called out by Coastguards on Saturday evening (August 30th) to join the search for a six year-old boy who had been missing for four hours.

The Light of Elizabeth hovercraft, run by Burnham rescue charity BARB, scoured the tideline along Brean beach from 5pm amid concern that the boy had walked onto the mudflats, where the tide was fast incoming.

"He had been reported missing by his distraught parents at Brean Leisure Park, who initially alerted the police. BARB was called out at 5.06pm to help Coastguards with the search," said BARB Chairman Mark Newman.

Several miles of coastline between Berrow and Brean Down were searched with no sign of the missing child. News then came through at 6pm that the boy had been found safe and well at a nearby caravan park.

Burnham Coastguard Officer Steve Bird told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The boy was finally found at Northam Farm caravan park at around 6pm, having walked from the Leisure Park over a mile to his family caravan."

He added: "There was a very emotional re-union when the boy was reunited with his parents."

The launch master is pictured directing the pilot of the hovercraft at the end of Saturday's incident on Brean beach

Related Links:

Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site


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