and son are rescued from mudflats by Burnham hovercraft
father and son were flown to safety by Burnham-On-Sea's rescue
hovercraft after getting into difficulty in deep mud almost a
mile from the shore at Weston on Sunday (July 3rd).
Search & Rescue's rescue hovercraft was called out by Weston
Coastguards to fly the eight year-old boy and his father out of
two had waded out across the mudflats to reach the sea on what
was a very warm afternoon," said a Coastguard spokesman.
were seen struggling through the mud with a fast incoming tide
nearby, so for their welfare the hovercraft was tasked with flying
them back to safety."
Weston Coastguard members were flown on the BARB hovercraft out
to the pair at the tideline.
father and son were helped onboard and taken back to the beach
near Weston Pier and given safety advice.
BARB spokesman said: "It was a busy afternoon for BARB's
volunteers. The hovercraft was already in Weston for the town's
rescue services day. The craft also helped Weston Coastguards
check on the welfare of six other mud walkers who were seen wading
out towards the sea between the Grand Pier at Uphill."
advice is to heed the warning signs and stay at the top of the
beach away from mud and soft sand."