Published: March 17, 2013
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards seek new volunteer members

Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards are seeking new volunteers to join their rescue operations.

Burnham's volunteer Coastguard Rescue Service is part of the UK’s coastal search and rescue capability and as part of Her Majesty’s Coastguard it can operate separately or jointly with the other emergency services and rescue organisations.

Tris Newey, Severn Sector Coastguard Manager, told "Each team is made up of volunteers drawn from the local community and is fully trained and equipped to carry out rescue and accident prevention work along the coastline."

"This could involve being called out, at any time of the day or night, in all weathers, to search for missing people, to carry out cliff rescues or helping to free people trapped in mud - indeed, anything that involves helping the coastal community and visitors to the coast who have got into difficulty."

He added: "Volunteers need to be reasonably fit and have a good standard of general health to be a volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officer. You could be asked to respond to emergencies at any time, so we will ask you to be available as much as possible and hold a full UK driving licence. A small re-imbursement is made to compensate you for expenses incurred in responding to emergencies and for training."

"If you’re up for the challenge, aged over 18, and want to serve your community and help to save lives there are vacancies for volunteer Coastguard Rescue Officers in the Burnham on Sea Coastguard Rescue Team so if you live or work in the area and would like to learn more then please get in contact."

For more details, contact Tris Newey, Sector Manager, by email at or by calling 01934 418097 or 07970 765559.


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