Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: February 15, 2009
Stricken fishing boat and trailer towed to safety in Burnham-On-Sea

Burnham-On-Sea's notorious mud caught out this fisherman on Sunday afternoon (February 15th) when a boat and trailer became stuck on the town's beach.

They sank into the soft sand and mud near Burnham's jetty at 1.40pm as he returned from a day's angling.

Fortunately, BARB, the charity that runs Burnham-On-Sea's life-saving hovercrafts, was already on the beach, holding a training session for new crewmembers, and was able to pull the vehicle up the beach using its tractor.

Fisherman Paul Tanner said: "I misjudged the mud and had unsuccessfully tried to pull the boat and trailer out myself using my car. We were grateful for BARB's help."

The charity was holding an open day for new crewmembers at the time. This has attracted a good response, but the organisation is still keen to hear from further volunteers who are interested in helping with any work of the charity, from fundraising and vehicle maintenance, to operating the hovercrafts.

Full training and assistance is available and those who are interested are welcome to attend a training session at the BARB hovercraft station, situated next to the seafront tourist information centre, any Wednesday at 7pm or Sunday at 9.30am.

A second fisherman also got into difficulty in mud on Burnham beach later on Sunday afternoon when a 4x4 and boat trailer were towed free by a tractor from Burnham Boat Owners' Association, as pictured below.


Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site


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