Published: June 24, 2009
Burnham-On-Sea hovercrafts join search for two missing swimmers

Two rescue hovercrafts from Burnham-On-Sea have this afternoon joined the search for two missing swimmers in the Bristol Channel.

The hovercrafts were launched at 1.20pm and are now being used to scour the mudflats and shoreline between Burnham-On-Sea and Brean Down, a distance of 7.5 miles.

Crewmembers on the two crafts, The Light Of Elizabeth, and The Spirit of Lelaina, are working closely with Coastguards and lifeboat crews to search for the missing swimmers, who were last seen at around 9.15pm on Tuesday in nearby Weston.

"Our hovercraft crews are very familiar with this stretch of coastline and have been tasked with conducting a thorough search of the mudflats, which are currently uncovered at low tide," said Mark Newman, Chairman of BARB, the Burnham Area Rescue Boat, which oversees the rescue hovercrafts.

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