BARB hovercraft flies 12 people to safety on Weston beach
people were flown to safety by Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft
on Sunday evening (May 8th) amid concerns for their welfare.
in Weston and Burnham called out BARB Search & Rescue's hovercraft
to fly a dozen people back to the shore after they were spotted
in mud 300 metres from the shore.
had walked out across the mudflats to reach the sea for a paddle
and several were struggling in the mud with a rapidly incoming
tide," said Weston Coastguard Station Officer Chris Perks.
further eight people were also flown back to the shore from the
same area due to safety concerns.
Lowe, BARB's Operations Manager, said: "We are always happy
to help when needed. This incident - and the others over the weekend
- were great examples of close team working with our local Coastguards,
beach wardens and other services."
Burnham Coastguards and a crew from BARB were also called to Weston
at 4.15pm on Sunday to reports of a missing child, who was found
a short time later safely under the Grand Pier.
was a busy weekend for BARB and Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards, who
attended seven call-outs in Brean, Uphill and Weston.
Friday, a Honda 4x4 became
stuck at Brean. It was recovered on Saturday afternoon in
a separate, four-hour operation.
further vehicles, an Audi and a BMW, became stranded in the sea
at Brean on Saturday evening.
a family of five was also
rescued from the mud at Uphill on Satuday afternoon by Coastguards,
with the BARB hovercraft in attendance.
on Sunday evening, a search
was launched in Burnham-On-Sea for a missing teenager.