20, 2017 Burnham-On-Sea's
rescue hovercraft called to stranded Range Rover
rescue hovercraft was called out last night (Monday) to help Coastguards
and the RNLI in the rescue of a stranded vehicle on a local beach.
Search & Rescue's hovercraft was tasked at 6pm by Coastguards
after a brand new Range Rover was reported to be stuck in the mud
over 400 metres from the main beach at Weston.
driver of the Range Rover was a young man who had attempted to test
out the vehicle, having watched TV adverts of it being driven off-road
- but without realising how dangerous the mudflats can be,"
said a Coastguard spokesman.
hovercraft crew, with two Weston Coastguard mud technicians onboard,
flew out to check that all the occupants were free from the vehicle.
were made to free the vehicle using spades and boards without luck
and Weston RNLI's tracked launching vehicle was used to successfully
pull the vehicle to safety with just minutes to spare before the
tide was set to surround it.
was a good example of close team working to get a successful outcome,"
added the Coastguard spokesman.
advice to motorists using local beaches is never to put their vehicles
at risk by driving beyond the hard sand at the top of the beach."
the evening, the BARB hovercraft also flew out to several mud walkers
far out on the tideline - and one was flown back to safety as a
incident followed a busy weekend in which BARB and local Coastguards
were called out multiple times to help people who had got into difficulty
during the hot weather and Weston Air Show, as reported here.
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