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alert for hovercraft after family of five gets into problems at
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
hovercraft has helped and rescued more than 90 people during the
last two years.
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
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