called out to search for 'person' on Stert Island
hovercraft was called out by Coastguards on Sunday afternoon (August
8th) amid concerns that a person was in difficulty on Stert Island.
Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft, operated by rescue charity BARB,
was launched at 2.45pm from the town's beach to investigate the
sighting of a person on the northern end of the island opposite
Coastguard Station Officer Steve Bird told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"A beach warden raised the alarm after spotting what appeared
to be a person on the island. Given that access to the island
is restricted, this was a concern and the hovercraft's assistance
was requested to investigate."
hovercraft crew and Coastguards fully investigated the report,
but no trace of any person was found on the island. It's possible
that an old buoy or tree debris may have been seen instead. This
was a false alarm with good intent," added Mr Bird.
Official BARB Web site
Burnham Coastguard Web site