in night rescue of man stuck on beach
21-year-old man who was stranded in mud on Weston beach has been
rescued by Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft and a team of Coastguards
early this morning (Thursday, July 1st).
Crewmembers from Burnham-based BARB were paged at 2am by Coastguards
amid concern for the welfare of the man, who was on the beach
south of Weston Pier.
Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft was driven by road to Weston, where
it launched from the beach and flew two Weston Coastguards out
to the casualty, who was one mile from the shore.
man's location was pin-pointed by an RAF rescue helicopter, which
illuminated a large area of the beach from overhead.
casualty was showing early signs of hypothermia and was taken
onboard the hovercraft before being flown across the mudflats
to the beach, where he was met by paramedics and Coastguards.
Western Ambulance paramedic Neil Morgan said the man was taken
to Weston General Hospital for further observation.
Newey, Coastguard Manager for the Severn Sector, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This was a good multi-agency rescue that demonstrated how
well the teams work together. The BARB hovercraft again proved
ideal during this incident."
has been a busy week for BARB, which helped to rescue nine people
from the mudflats next to Brean Down last
Saturday and was also called out on Sunday
to search for a missing child.
Official BARB Web site