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May 13, 2006
Hovercraft and Coastguards called to 'suspicious object' in Brean mud

The hovercraft and Coastguard Mud Rescue Teams investigate the 'suspicious object' in the mud at Brean on Saturday May 13th

Coastguards called out the Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft on Saturday afternoon (May 13th) after a beach warden raised the alarm when he spotted a suspicious object in the mud almost a mile from the shore at Brean.

The Coastguard Mud Rescue Team take their mud sled out to the hovercraftBurnham Coastguards were quickly on the scene, followed shortly afterwards by the Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft.

The Coastguard Mud Rescue Team was flown out to the body-shaped object just after 3.30pm.

Once located, there was relief for the rescue teams when it was found to be nothing more than a large, body-sized log of wood partially submerged in the mud.

Burnham Coastguard Officer Steve Bird said: "Fortunately, this call-out turned out to be a false alarm."

The hovercraft returning from the call-out on Saturday afternoon"But Brean's beach warden did the right thing by following well-rehearsed procedures and alerting the Coastguard."

"We should always be contacted on 999 if there is any suspicion of a life being at risk."

The incident meant an early end for the hovercraft's fundraising display at Sanders Garden World at nearby Brent Knoll.

Visitors had been warned that the craft could be called away at a moment's notice in the event of a call-out.

Saturday's incident is one of several in the mud around Brean Down in recent weeks. A Range Rover was lost in April and two horses were briefly trapped on May 7th.


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