Published: January 10, 2014
BARB boat helps pensioner reach hospital from flood-hit village

Burnham-On-Sea's BARB rescue boat crew helped a pensioner reach hospital during the charity's ongoing flood work near Langport on Thursday (January 9th).

The 83 year-old woman was taken across the flooded fields from the cut-off village of Muchelney in BARB's rescue boat at the family's request so she could attend a medical appointment.

Her son, Piers Denny, said: "We are very grateful to BARB for their help today and throughout the week - it's been a relief to know they are available."

Her home is one of many in the village, near Langport, which is still completely cut off by flood water and where BARB Search & Rescue has been helping for the past week.

The charity's volunteers have made dozens of trips to Muchelney with supplies and to take people backwards and forwards.

On Thursday, BARB was also asked to help Royal Mail take a large quantity of post across to the village by boat - a first for the charity.

BARB - which operates an inshore rescue boat and two rescue hovercrafts - is one of several organisations in the region helping with flood relief work as part of the Somerset Civil Contingencies Unit.

Pictured: The BARB crew in action on Thursday in Muchelney helping a pensioner to the shore and, above, delivering post to the village

Official BARB Web site


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