August 8, 2011
walker sparks alarm for Coastguards and hovercraft crews
walker who was spotted by a beach warden struggling in mud a mile
and a half from the shore at Berrow sparked a call-out for two
rescue hovercrafts and a team of Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea
last evening (Monday, August 8th).
BARB's rescue hovercrafts were called to the scene, south of Berrow's
beach wreck, at 7.11pm after the beach warden contacted Coastguards
to alert them to the man's position.
The Spirit of Lelaina and Light Of Elizabeth hovercrafts were
called to the scene, along with a team of Coastguards.
man was found some distance from the shore in a very cold state
and was led back up the beach to safety. He was extremely lucky
not to have got into more difficulty," Burnham Coastguard
Officer Steve Bird told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
38 year-old man - who is from East Timor - was checked over at
the scene and given safety advice by Coastguards.
Operations Manager Mike Lowe said: "The beach warden did
the right thing in contacting Coastguards as soon as there was
any concern regarding the man's welfare. It could have turned
out to be far more serious."
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