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July 26, 2006
Mud alert for hovercraft after family of five gets into problems at Brean

Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft rushed to Brean Beach on Wednesday afternoon (July 26th) after a beach warden alerted Coastguards that five people were in difficulties in the mud.

The Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft was taken by road to Brean after four children and a woman were spotted three quarters of a mile from the shore.

The family from Colerne in Wiltshire included four children aged 14, 7 and two 10 year-olds, who briefly got into trouble while walking in the treacherous mud.

But they managed to scramble to the safety of the sand just as Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea arrived, meaning the hovercraft could be stood down soon after 2pm.

A Coastguard spokesman said: "The lady was covered in mud up to her armpits so the beach warden definitely did the right thing in dialling 999 and alerting us."

Burnham's hovercraft has helped and rescued more than 90 people during the last two years.

The hovercraft is named after five year-old Lelaina Hall, who tragically lost her life in the mud at nearby Berrow in 2002. The Western Daily Press launched a successful fundraising campaign soon after the tragedy when its readers donated £115,000 to buy the fully-equipped hovercraft.

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