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June 22, 2005
Hovercraft launched amid fears that group of people were trapped in mud

2pm on Wednesday June 22 - the Burnham hovercraft and Coastguard leave their station

Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft joined the Coastguard Mud Rescue Team and an RNLI lifeboat in a search for what a beach warden believed could be a group of people far out in the mud at the water's edge on Brean beach on Wednesday June 22.

The crew of the Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft were called out at 13:59 and the craft was immediately taken by road to Brean where it was launched from the beach. Two members of the Burnham Coastguard Mud Rescue Team were also onboard. The hovercraft flew almost two miles out into the mud to investigate and, to the relief of the crew, found that a flock of birds had been mistakenly spotted as people.

Alan Miller, chairman of BARB, the group that runs the hovercraft, praised the breach warden for alerting the Coastguard, adding: "We'd much prefer to be called out for a ‘false alarm’ rather than not be alerted and have to pull casualties out of the mud later. We’d always recommend dialling 999 if you have any suspicion that people could be in trouble."

RELATED LINKS:

Lifeboat launched to assist Beach Warden

Official Burnham Hovercraft Web site home page

 


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