Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: August 9, 2006
Coastguard search for 'missing swimmer' called off in River Axe

Coastguards called off a search of the banks of the River Axe on Wednesday afternoon (August 9th) after no trace was found of a man believed to have been spotted trying to swim across the estuary on Tuesday evening.

Coastguards from Weston and Burnham searched both sides of the river near Brean Down on Wednesday, but no sign of the person was found. The incident has now been scaled down.

Members of the public who were onboard a boat in the estuary on Tuesday evening said they had warned a person in the water not to attempt to cross the river. And, minutes later, shouts for help were heard although no swimmer was seen.

Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea were alerted and two lifeboats from Weston rushed to the scene to conduct a full search of the area.

An RAF helicopter from Chivenor in Devon was also drafted in to carry out sweeps of the bay and the northern side of Brean Down using infra-red imaging equipment.

Police confirmed on Wednesday that they had not received any reports of missing persons in the area.


Huge air and sea search launching for missing swimmer

Video of air and sea search for missing River Axe swimmer

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