hovercraft crews in 4am search for missing person
rescue hovercrafts from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Weston during
the early hours of Saturday morning (November 21st) to carry out
a search for a missing person.
young woman had been reported missing, prompting a search by police,
a helicopter, Coastguards, Weston RNLI and BARB Search & Rescue
shortly after 4am.
from Weston and Clevedon conducted a foot search of the sands
from Uphill to Weston Pier while BARB's Spirit Of Lelaina and
Light of Elizabeth hovercrafts scoured the tide line and mudflats
for any sign of the missing teenager.
high-power lights on the two hovercrafts were used to illuminate
a wide area of the beach during the search.
Coastguard spokesman said:
"We were very grateful for the help of BARB in searching
a far wider area of the beach than would have otherwise been possible."
girl was not found despite an extensive search lasting several
hours and the matter was left in the hands of the police."