Published: September 6, 2010
Night search launched for missing man on Burnham beach

Coastguards, police and a rescue hovercraft carried out an extensive search for a missing person on Burnham-on-Sea's beach during the early hours of this morning (Monday, September 6th).

BARB's The Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft was launched at 12.15am to help two teams of Coastguards from Burnham and Weston search for the 40-year-old man, who was reported to have gone missing in a distressed state.

Burnham Coastguard Officer Dave Welland said: "Several miles of the beach between Burnham jetty and Berrow were searched. There was some concern for the man, who had been reported missing by his family."

"He was eventually found by the rescue teams on the beach near the town's low lighthouse and appeared to have been drinking."

The man was taken to Burnham jetty, where he was met by a waiting ambulance.

An RAF search and rescue helicopter from Chivenor in Devon which was en route to the scene was stood down.

Our photos show, top, BARB's Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft launching on Burnham beach and, above, other emergency services on the seafront


Official BARB Hovercraft Web site
Official Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard website


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