July 22, 2009
rescues man from incoming tide on mudflats at Brean
man trapped in waist-deep mud on Brean beach with a fast-incoming
tide around him was rescued on Wednesday afternoon (July 22nd)
after a race against time.
Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft was called to help the man at 3.30pm,
after a beach warden spotted him almost half a mile from the shore.
hovercraft, run by Burnham-based charity BARB, took two members
of Burnham Coastguard's Mud Rescue Team out to the man, who was
aged in his 30s.
was found in several feet of sea water - as ringed in the photo
here - and the Coastguards managed to carry him onboard the hovercraft.
Officer Dave Welland said: "The man had got into difficulty
while walking out across the mud and by the time we reached him,
he was already in three feet of sea water due to the incoming
tide. He was very grateful to see us arrive."
hovercraft was essential in this rescue and, given the state of
the tide, its prompt arrival probably saved the life of this man."
Chairman Mark Newman said: "The man was in a very serious
situation and we had a race against time on our hands."
has been involved in many rescues on this beach over the years,
but very few have been as serious as this. Once again, this incident
shows the importance of having rescue hovercrafts along this stretch
of Somerset coastline."
lifeboats from Burnham-On-Sea and two teams of Coastguards from
Weston and Burnham were also called to the scene. The man was
treated by ambulance crews and police were also called to the
incident, which was approximately two miles south of Brean Down.
here for online video coverage of this incident
Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site