May 9, 2016
Burnham's BARB hovercraft flies 12 people to safety on Weston beach

Twelve people were flown to safety by Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft on Sunday evening (May 8th) amid concerns for their welfare.

Coastguards 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.

"They 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.

A further eight people were also flown back to the shore from the same area due to safety concerns.

Mike 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.

It was a busy weekend for BARB and Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards, who attended seven call-outs in Brean, Uphill and Weston.

On Friday, a Honda 4x4 became stuck at Brean. It was recovered on Saturday afternoon in a separate, four-hour operation.

Two further vehicles, an Audi and a BMW, became stranded in the sea at Brean on Saturday evening.

And a family of five was also rescued from the mud at Uphill on Satuday afternoon by Coastguards, with the BARB hovercraft in attendance.

Late on Sunday evening, a search was launched in Burnham-On-Sea for a missing teenager.


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