31, 2016 Burnham-On-Sea
rescue hovercraft called out amid concern for walker
rescue hovercraft was called out by Coastguards on New Year's Eve
amid concern for the welfare of a walker seen far out on the mudflats.
Search & Rescue's volunteers launched the charity's Spirit of
Lelaina 2 hovercraft at 2.20pm and flew out to check on the man's
safety after a seafront walker had raised the alarm.
crew were relieved to find the man was a fisherman collecting bait
at the water's edge who was not in difficulty," said a BARB
this was a false alarm with good intent. We are always happy to
respond to incidents like this where there is concern for safety
- we much prefer to be called out to check on someone rather than
find out too late than they are in fact in a life-threatening position."
Coastguard spokesman added: "With the cold winds and low temperature
of the mud if someone was in difficulty they would not have long
before hypothermia had set in, so this was a good call by the first
informant." The RNLI also sent a lifeboat to the seafront.
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