search launched for missing man on Burnham beach
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.
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
was eventually found by the rescue teams on the beach near the
town's low lighthouse and appeared to have been drinking."
man was taken to Burnham jetty, where he was met by a waiting
RAF search and rescue helicopter from Chivenor in Devon which
was en route to the scene was stood down.
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
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard website