Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: June 1, 2008
Coastline searched launched after sighting of parachute

One of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts joined Coastguards in searching four miles of Somerset's coastline on Sunday morning (June 1st) after reports that a canister and parachute had been spotted in the skies above Burnham.

The Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft, operated by Burnham-based charity BARB, was launched to search for the object on the mudflats.

Burnham Coastguard officer Robin Hewlett said: "A concerned resident in Burnham contacted police after spotting what appeared to have been a canister and parachute floating from the sky in the direction of Berrow."

The Coastguard team searched the beach and sand dunes from Burnham jetty to Berrow on foot and used The Spirit Of Lelaina to scour the low tide line and mudflats.

BARB Hovercraft Operations Manager Steve Perks said the operation was scaled down at 11.30am.

"A thorough search was carried out of several miles of coastline but no trace of the object was found," he said.

Our photos show the Burnham hovercraft and Coastguard teams at work on Sunday morning


Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site


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