Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: August 18, 2006
New £15,000 second rescue hovercraft for Burnham-On-Sea

The new craft being readied for its launch ceremonyA brand new second rescue hovercraft for Burnham-On-Sea is to be officially on Saturday August 19th during the town’s annual ESCAPE day.

A special blessing service for the £15,000 craft - to be called The Light Of Elizabeth after Lelaina Hall's sister - is to be held at 10.30am on Burnham seafront. To be led by Rev Graham Witts, the ceremony will be followed by the customary breaking of a champagne bottle over the new craft before it goes on service.

BARB, the charity that runs the main Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft, says the new three-seater machine has been made custom-made for the group by BBV, the same manufacturer as the main craft.

The Light Of Elizabeth will be mainly used as a training hovercraft, but will also enable the group to perform inland rescues along muddy river banks and lakes where space is restricted.

Over 14 emergency service groups from across Somerset will gather on Burnham's seafront tomorrow for ESCAPE, the Emergency Services Community Awareness and Promotion Event, when a day of non-stop demonstrations and displays will be performed for the public from 11am through to 4pm.

Burnham's Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft has helped and rescued more than 95 people during its two years of operation. The craft is named after five year-old Lelaina Hall, who tragically lost her life in the mud at Berrow in 2002. The Western Daily Press launched a huge fundraising campaign soon after the tragedy during which its readers donated £115,000 to buy the fully-equipped craft.

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Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site

 


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