rescued from boat aground by Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft
man was rescued on Sunday from an inflatable boat after getting
marooned on a mud bank after the high tide.
BARB hovercraft and two lifeboats were called out at 9.48am to
the stricken boat in the River Parrett estuary near Combwich.
pilot and BARB Deputy Operations Manager Graham Hallsworth said:
"Working closely with the lifeboat crew, we found the boat
high up on a river bank."
man onboard the rib was stranded by the high tide and was taken
onboard the hovercraft and flown to the waiting Watchet Coastguard
man was very grateful to be rescued - he shook our hands and was
relieved to be safe again."
added: "The boat would have been stranded for ten hours until
the next high tide in the hot sunshine with no supplies."
was another great example of close team working by the Coastguard,
RNLI and BARB with a positive result in the end."