Published: June 15, 2010
500 pupils from 11 schools to visit Burnham's marine rescue services

Dozens of pupils from Sutton Park Community Primary School in Kidderminster enjoyed a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday (June 15th) when they were given a VIP tour of the town's marine rescue services - the first of eleven visits over the next few weeks.

The youngsters are the first in a long line of schools visiting the BARB hovercraft station plus Burnham's Coastguard and lifeboat stations to pick up seaside safety advice.

Over the next few weeks, 500 pupils from schools in the Midlands, Bristol, Gloucester, Cheltenham and more closer to home in Burnham and Highbridge will be visiting the three marine rescue services.

"In all, eleven schools are making visits in the next three weeks. For schools from Kidderminster and Dudley, the long trip down the M5 is worthwhile as Burnham is one of the few places in the country where the children can experience the three emergency services in one visit," Tony Deahl, Burnham RNLI's Education Officer, told

"These day visits usually incorporate a visit to the beach, which is more than 100 miles from their homes. Teachers are full of praise for the two hour visits which inform the children about cliff rescues, the dangers of the mud and what the RNLI does. If we can make the children more aware of seaside safety and save one child from needing to be rescued, then our time will have been well spent."

"We will see over 500 children in these three weeks. All those from the Coastguard Station, BARB and the RNLI who talk to the children are volunteers and give their time freely."


BARB hovercraft website
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard website
Lifeboats website for Burnham-On-Sea


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