March 21, 2009
rescue hovercraft called to car stranded in mud
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.
local resident raised the alarm at 7am after spotting the Vauxhall
Corsa, pictured here, stuck on the mudflats near Brean Down.
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.
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."
flew out to the vehicle and were able to quickly confirm that
the occupants had escaped from the car and this was relayed to
car was pulled out of the mud by a commercial vehicle recovery
service from Weston-super-Mare later on Saturday morning.
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.
photos show the vehicle stranded in the mud on Saturday morning
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