June 5, 2006
News broadcasts live reports about Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft
hovercraft received national TV coverage on Sunday (June 4th)
when Sky News aired several live reports from the town about the
work of the life-saving service.
live reports were broadcast throughout the day, focussing on the
vital work that The Spirit of Lelaina and its crew of volunteers
News reporter Derek Tedder interviewed Mark Newman, press officer
for BARB, the charity that runs the hovercraft, and took a trip
along the coastline in the craft.
coverage came after new figures released by the Maritime Coastguard
Agency showed a 20% jump in the number of child deaths around
Sky News team also spoke to Caroline Hall, the mother of five-year-old
Lelaina Hall, who died at Berrow after getting stuck on the mud
flats four years ago in June 2002.
Newman said: "I explained the pro-active work that BARB does
in holding school visits and open days to educate people about
the risks of the mud along our coastline."
I also stressed in the interviews that the number of people who
get into difficulties here is actually very low and, by following
warnings, holidaymakers can have very safe, happy holidays here."
in the day, Coastguard Severn Sector Manager Ron Phipps was interviewed
on Burnham beach about the work his agency does.
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