Published: September 28, 2011
Missing woman found on Brean Down after major three-hour search

A major search was carried out on Brean Down on Wednesday (September 28th) after a woman in a distressed state was reported missing.

Teams of Coastguards from Burnham and Weston joined police and crewmembers from BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) in conducting a three-hour search of the area amid serious concerns for the welfare of the 39 year-old.

Two Weston lifeboats and a police helicopter were also called in to scour the area around the Down as well as the rocky outcrop itself.

The lady was eventually found on a secluded grassy slope on the north side of the Down in a 'distressed' state.

Sgt Ian Kennett from Burnham Police told "The lady was reported missing at 1.30pm by her concerned relatives and a thorough search was carried out to find her, resulting in her being found shortly after 5pm."

"This was an excellent example of a co-ordinated search by various agencies working together. "I would like to thank the BARB volunteers, Coastguards and lifeboat crews for their help."

Burnham Coastguard Officer Steve Bird told "There were serious concerns for the welfare of the lady, so this was a good outcome to what could have been a very different ending."


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