Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: June 5, 2006
Sky News broadcasts live reports about Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft

Sky News reporter Derek Tedder with BARB's training hovercraft in the background

Burnham-On-Sea's 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.

Five live reports were broadcast throughout the day, focussing on the vital work that The Spirit of Lelaina and its crew of volunteers do.

Sky 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.

The coverage came after new figures released by the Maritime Coastguard Agency showed a 20% jump in the number of child deaths around Britain’s coastlines.

The 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.

Mark 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."

"But 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."

Later in the day, Coastguard Severn Sector Manager Ron Phipps was interviewed on Burnham beach about the work his agency does.

Sky News is seen in over 10 million homes across the UK and is also broadcast around the world via satellite TV.


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