June 24, 2008
and daughter rescued from mudflats by Burnham hovercraft
mother and daughter have been flown to safety onboard one of Burnham-On-Sea's
rescue hovercrafts after becoming stranded in an inflatable dinghy
on the mudflats at Uphill, near Weston-super-Mare, on Tuesday
the Burnham-based charity that operates two life-saving hovercrafts,
was called out by Weston Coastguards at 3pm after the pair were
spotted by the operators of Weston seafront's CCTV cameras 1,000
metres from the shore.
Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft was sent to the scene and its crew
flew two Weston Coastguards out to the dinghy where the mother
and daughter were already showing signs of hypothermia.
pair were shivering from the cold and were grateful to see us
arrive," said Burnham hovercraft pilot Pete Emery. "Within
minutes we flew them back to the shoreline where they were taken
to Weston General Hospital for treatment."
pair, who are from the Weston area, had got into difficulty while
trying to sail from Uphill to Brean Down across the fast-flowing-waters
of the River Axe.
had become stuck on the mudflats when the falling tide pulled
their £5.99 dinghy downstream.
Perks, BARB's Operations Manager, said the organisation was happy
to help. "The Burnham hovercraft team reached the casualties
in Weston less than 30 minutes after we received the call in Burnham.
It was a very swift rescue."
Smith of Weston Coastguards added: "We were delighted to
work with BARB's hovercraft crew on another successful rescue."
is a 15-year-old charity run by a team of volunteers and is funded
by donations from the public.
damaged dinghy is pictured in front of the Burnham hovercraft
Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft flew out to the stranded pair
BBC Online coverage of this incident
Hovercraft Web site