hovercraft crews kept busy during series of mudflats rescues
rescue hovercraft rescued a child stuck in mud at Brean and flew
six people to safety on Weston beach after receiving multiple call-outs
on Saturday afternoon (August 6th).
of BARB Search & Rescue's hovercrafts was initially launched
at 3pm after a beachwarden raised the alarm when a ten year-old
boy became stranded in deep mud while trying to reach the sea at
Amanda Furber kept the boy calm from a safe distance until the hovercraft
arrived a short time later. It took two Weston Coastguard officers
out to the boy, who was freed and flown back to the safety of the
boy's family are on holiday from Faringdon in Oxfordshire and mum
Jemma Curtis, pictured right, said: "My son Callum was
walking out across the beach with several of the family when he
got stuck - it was a shock when I realised he was in difficulty.
We are hugely grateful to BARB and the Coastguards for rescuing
Operations Manager Mike Lowe said: "This was a text-book rescue
and the main reason that BARB's hovercrafts are here. It was a good
multi-agency incident with a very quick response from our dedicated
minutes after returning to Burnham, at 4.30pm, BARB's volunteers
were called out for a second time - this time to Weston to help
Weston and Clevedon Coastguards investigate another person in difficulty
in the mud.
hovercraft was taken by road to Weston and launched at Uphill beach
where it flew out to bring the person back to the beach.
also assisted six people by flying them back from the mudflats as
they waded out and tried to reach the incoming tide.
Coastguard Officer Chris Perks said: "It was a busy afternoon,
we were on patrol when we were tasked to help someone who had become
exhausted while walking out along the tideline. We called out BARB
and their hovercraft was quickly on scene to bring back the casualty.
We also tasked the fire service's Firefly hovercraft to assist by
reaching multiple people in the mud."
added: "Six people were taken onboard the hovercrafts and assisted
back to the shore, including two young children, who were reunited
with their parents. Our thanks go to the BARB volunteers for all
busy afternoon was not over, though, for just as the BARB crews
returned to Burnham they were paged for a third time, at 6.40pm,
after the jetty supervisor raised the alarm about two people seen
wading in the mud near the Yacht Club. BARB's crewmembers investigated
with Coastguards and spoke to several beach walkers and fishermen.
Fortunately, the two people had managed to walk out of the mud.
work of Burnham's rescue charities will be on display during Sunday's
rescue services day in Burnham - more
of the relieved relatives running to a man who was rescued from