April 29, 2007
day for Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB rescue team
emergency services had a hectic afternoon on Sunday (April 29th)
after being called out to deal with two simultaneous incidents.
lady had to be airlifted from Brean Down
Fort (pictured) after injuring herself in a fall and, separately,
a tractor which had become stuck in treacherous mud on Burnham's
beach, had to be pulled free by a rescue team from BARB, the charity
that runs Burnham's rescue hovercraft.
40 year-old lady from Peasedown, near Bath, was airlifted to Weston
General Hospital after suffering a suspected broken ankle in a
fall while walking on Brean Down. [Click
here for online video]
stumbled and suffered a suspected broken ankle and was in a great
deal of pain," said Robin Hewlett, Officer in Charge, of
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards. "She needed oxygen to remain
Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance was called, along with Coastguards
and paramedics from Burnham."
separate incident unfolded on Burnham-On-Sea beach when rescuers
from BARB were called out to pull free a tractor which had become
trapped in deep mud next to the town's jetty.
received an urgent call from the Burnham Boat Owners Association
after their tractor got into difficulties in thick mud while attempting
to pull a boat out of the water," said BARB's Chairman, Mark
own tractor was deployed and, using a combination of winches and
ropes, we managed to pull it free. With the tide starting to come
in at the time, a fast response had been essential."
incidents occurred at 1.30pm on Sunday afternoon.
video of the injured walker being air-lifted from Brean Down
photos of the trapped tractor being rescued