rescued from mudflats by hovercrafts and Coastguards
people were rescued from the beach mudflats next to Brean Down
by Burnham-On-Sea's hovercrafts and Coastguards on Saturday (June
walker on Brean Down raised the alarm at 2pm after spotting several
groups of people struggling in waist-deep mud one mile from the
shore while attempting to reach the sea at low tide.
hovercrafts from Burnham-based rescue charity BARB were called
to Uphill, on the banks of the River Axe, along with a team of
Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft was flown out onto the mudflats,
where a group of men from Cardiff (pictured right) were taken
onboard and brought back to the safety of the beach.
women, aged 25 and 22 from Bristol, were also rescued a few minutes
later - followed by a further two men, both aged 21, from Gloucestershire.
had been struggling the mud around the River Axe estuary while
trying to reach the sea," Burnham Coastguard Station Officer
Steve Bird told Burnham-On-sea.com.
that the tide was coming in quickly and the nine people were in
difficulty a mile out from the beach, this was a serious situation.
The hovercrafts proved essential in quickly reaching the casualties."
of those rescued, from Bristol, said: "Walking out to reach
the sea seemed a good idea at the time, but the mud got very deep
as we approached the water. We got stuck waist-deep - seeing the
hovercraft coming to help us was a wonderful moment. We are so
grateful to everyone."
Chairman Mark Newman added: "BARB has never rescued so many
people during one afternoon in the charity's 19-year history.
Our volunteer crews were relieved to be able to rescue all nine
sea does look tempting during hot weather, but ignoring the warning
signs and wading across the mudflats to reach the water puts lives
Official BARB Web site