Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: July 1, 2008
Burnham Coastguards receive awards after Gloucestershire flood work

Six members of the Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard Rescue Team were awarded Chief Coastguard Commendations on Tuesday evening (July 1st) following their work during last year's Gloucestershire floods.

Following unprecedented levels of rainfall on 20th July 2007, the civil infrastructure of both Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire was overwhelmed, resulting in substantial damage to property and the loss of electricity, sewage treatment and water supplies.

As part of the multi-agency response to the emergency, HM Coastguard teams from Burnham, Weston, Clevedon, Portishead and Sharpness undertook the role of delivering water to those most vulnerable - and this work was recognised on Tuesday evening at a special ceremony held in the Royal Pier Hotel, Weston attended by dozens of guests and Coastguard officers from across the region.

Over 20 Coastguard Commendations were handed out to the officers, including six from Burnham (pictured right).

Chief Coastguard Rod Johnson praised the team, saying: "I would like to express my appreciation to the Coastguard Rescue Officers involved for their significant contribution to the Gloucestershire flooding response."

"They should be congratulated for their determination in ensuring that the flood victims were provided with the provisions that they needed during a very stressful time for all those affected."

Burnham Coastguard Dave Ilsley read out a poem at the ceremony which captured the mood of the Coastguard teams at the event - see video above. More photos

Pictured above are the Burnham team - Station Officer Steve Bird, Dave Ilsley, Craig Groves, Robin Hewlett, Dave Welland, and Nigel Smith - who were tasked with delivering thousands of water bottles over several days

RELATED LINKS:

Coastguards join flood relief
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards official website


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