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Published: February 22, 2007
Children given sea safety advice by Burnham's hovercraft crew

The dangers of the mudflats along Somerset’s coastline were explained to a group of Bridgwater schoolchildren when crewmembers from Burnham's rescue hovercraft took part in a special sea safety awareness event on Wednesday (February 21st).

Crewmembers Clive Weal and Dave Bailey gave the dozen youngsters beach safety advice and explained the important role that Burnham's two rescue hovercrafts play in keeping the coast safe. Afterwards, the children got to see Burnham's Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft up close, as pictured here.

The event was held at the Recreation Young People's Centre in Rhode Lane, Bridgwater as part of a week-long safety event being organised by Centre Manager Les Riddle. Members of the police, fire brigade, RNLI and Red Cross were also giving talks.

Hovercraft crew member Dave Bailey said: "The children were really interested in what we had to say and particularly enjoyed getting onboard the hovercraft afterwards. It was a very successful event."

BARB, the charity behind the life-saving rescue service, participates in various safety awareness events throughout the year in its ongoing drive to reduce the number of people who get into difficulty along the Somerset coastline.


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