Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: March 21, 2009
Burnham-On-Sea rescue hovercraft called to car stranded in mud

One of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts was called to Brean on Saturday morning (March 21st) after this vehicle became trapped in mud almost a mile from the shore.

A local resident raised the alarm at 7am after spotting the Vauxhall Corsa, pictured here, stuck on the mudflats near Brean Down.

The Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft, operated by Burnham rescue charity BARB, was launched with two crewmembers onboard to check that no-one was still inside the car.

BARB Operations Manager Steve Perks told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "There had been some concern that someone could still be inside because no-one could get close enough to check from the beach."

"We flew out to the vehicle and were able to quickly confirm that the occupants had escaped from the car and this was relayed to Coastguards."

The car was pulled out of the mud by a commercial vehicle recovery service from Weston-super-Mare later on Saturday morning.

It was later understood that the car had been driven out into the mud by several holidaymakers late on Friday, unaware of the dangers. The vehicle had been inundated by the incoming tide overnight.

Our photos show the vehicle stranded in the mud on Saturday morning


Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site


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