Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

January 6, 2006
New second hovercraft for Burnham-On-Sea rescue group

Burnham-On-Sea is to get a second rescue hovercraft as the group that runs the service expands its operations to include river rescues.

The new smaller hovercraft will act as a back-up to Burnham's existing hovercraft, The Spirit Of Lelaina, and will enable several rescues to be performed at the same time during the busy summer months.

BARB, the charity that runs the hovercraft, has been working to raise funds to buy a second hovercraft to help to further boost safety in the Burnham area.

The new four-seater vessel will complement the five-seater Spirit of Lelaina and will cost around £11,000. It is expected to be in use by the Easter.

Because of its compact size, the new craft is ideal for training and will also be able to rescue people trapped in rivers where the banks can often be too steep for the larger hovercraft to negotiate.

Alan Miller, chairman of BARB, the group that runs Burnham's hovercraft, explained: "The deep mud along the banks of the Parrett and other rivers in the region have sadly claimed several victims over the years."

"The mud can often be just as dangerous as that along our coastlines - hence the need for our rescue service and the second craft."

The hovercraft group currently has a second three-seater craft on loan while it awaits the arrival of the new permanent vessel in the late Spring.


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