weather and air show prompt call-outs for BARB and Coastguards
people were rescued after getting into difficulty on beaches in
the area over the weekend.
BARB rescue hovercraft was called out several times alongside local
Coastguards to rescue people in Weston and at Sand Bay.
comes as the hot weather and Weston Air Show attracted large numbers
of visitors onto local beaches.
minutes after the end of Sunday's Weston Air Show at 5pm, BARB's
hovercraft crew was tasked with heading to Sand Bay to reports of
two people - a father and son - in distress in the mud, waving their
were in direct contact with the Coastguard operations team and due
to their distance from the shore, the Coastguard requested the BARB
hovercraft attend," said a spokesman.
hovercraft flew two Weston Coastguard mud technicians out to the
casualties, who were safely removed and placed in the hovercraft.
The hovercraft flew the casualties back to the beach where they
were checked over by paramedics."
hovercraft then flew back out to collect the mud technicians, while
Weston RNLI were on the tide line, providing safety cover. Clevedon
Coastguards and SWASFT also attended in a successful multi-agency
on Sunday, at 5.30pm, Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB were also
called out to search for a missing vulnerable person on Brean beach.
speaking to the first informant it was discovered that the missing
person had been missing for a while. The man was found safely after
an hour at a local caravan park, having made contact with a family
member," said a spokesman.
Saturday evening, BARB's hovercraft crew was tasked with helping
Coastguards reach three people reported to be difficulty in mud
on Weston beach at 7pm. "The woman, man and a baby were spotted
in deep mud. Two were flown back to the beach on BARB's hovercraft
and the third walked back."
the weekend, BARB's crews were invited to the Weston Air Show to
provide safety cover at the busy, popular two-day event, working
closely with the Beach Rangers, Coastguards, RNLI and event organisers
during the weekend.
people were assisted from the mud to the safety of the beach and
BARB's crews also helped in the search for several missing children.
team working took place to keep this a safe and enjoyable event
for all," added the spokesman.