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flies young West Midlands couple to safety at Brean
young couple walking in treacherous mud almost a mile from the
shore have been flown to safety by Burnham's hovercraft.
Spirit Of Lelaina craft and its crew were training at Brean on
Saturday afternoon (January 21st) when a member of the public
spotted the pair walking across the mud towards the sea at low
hovercraft crew was alerted and, as a precautionary measure, flew
out to bring Jack Winsley and Laura Menzies from Droitwich in
the West Midlands back to the safety of the beach.
their location and the dangerous mud around them, they were lucky
not to have got into difficulties," said hovercraft pilot
were a bit embarrassed and didn't appear to know they were taking
wanted to continue walking out across the mud towards the sea
even though it was low tide at the time."
news comes less than a month after the hovercraft and Coastguards
rescued an Evesham dog walker at
Brean when he became stuck up to his waist in mud.
its first 18 months of operation, the Burnham hovercraft has helped
and rescued more than 85 people along the Somerset coastline.
The craft is named after five year-old Lelaina Hall, who lost
her life in the mud at Berrow in 2002.
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