Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: April 5, 2009
Man scrambles to safety after river bank drama in Burnham-On-Sea

Emergency 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.

Police, 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.

A 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."

BARB, the Burnham charity that operates two life-saving rescue hovercrafts, was alerted and its Spirit Of Lelaina craft was called to the scene.

However, 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.

An ambulance was also called to the scene, but the man did not require medical treatment.


Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard Web site

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