April 5, 2009
scrambles to safety after river bank drama in Burnham-On-Sea
services were called to Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club on Saturday
evening (April 4th) after an elderly man fell from a boat and
became stranded on the muddy banks of the River Brue.
Coastguards, paramedics and a rescue hovercraft were sent to the
South Esplanade at 6.30pm, after eyewitnesses said a man had become
trapped waist-deep in thick mud.
police spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The man had become
stuck after falling overboard while trying to move from a tender
onto a boat on the far side of the River Brue. He was in difficulty
for several minutes."
the Burnham charity that operates two life-saving rescue hovercrafts,
was alerted and its Spirit Of Lelaina craft was called to the
the man managed to scramble onto his tender and was towed back
to the safety of the Sailing Club pontoons by another boat which
was close by, as pictured above.
ambulance was also called to the scene, but the man did not require
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard Web site