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and Coastguards called to 'suspicious object' in Brean mud
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
Coastguards were quickly on the scene, followed shortly afterwards
by the Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft.
Coastguard Mud Rescue Team was flown out to the body-shaped object
just after 3.30pm.
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.
Coastguard Officer Steve Bird said: "Fortunately, this call-out
turned out to be a false alarm."
Brean's beach warden did the right thing by following well-rehearsed
procedures and alerting the Coastguard."
should always be contacted on 999 if there is any suspicion of
a life being at risk."
incident meant an early end for the hovercraft's fundraising display
at Sanders Garden World at nearby Brent Knoll.
had been warned that the craft could be called away at a moment's
notice in the event of a call-out.
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.
Coastguard Web site
Burnham Hovercraft Web site