and son rescued by hovercrafts from mudflats on Brean beach
father and son were flown to safety by hovercrafts at Brean on
Saturday (May 17th) after being spotted struggling in deep mud.
village's beach warden raised the alarm after seeing the two men
wading through thick mud next to Brean Down.
alerted Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue, whose two hovercrafts
were already in the area training at nearby Berrow beach.
hovercrafts were flown to the scene to check on their welfare
and the two men were taken onboard and flown back to the beach,
accompanied by Burnham Coastguards.
Deputy Operations Manager Graham Hallsworth, who led the operation,
said: "The men were around a half mile from the shore and
were covered head to toe in mud and moving very slowly, so the
beach warden was rightly concerned about their welfare."
both our crafts were already in the area so we were able to quickly
redeploy to help them. We worked with the Coastguards to bring
the pair back to the beach."
were checked over by Coastguards and did not require medical attention.
officer Ian Jefferies said: "The incident serves as a timely
warning about the potential dangers of wading across the mud to
reach the sea - our advice is always not to put yourself in danger."
The BARB hovercrafts were training at Berrow when they were re-deployed