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Burnham lifeboat and hovercraft
called to five boys on Stert Island
D-Class lifeboat and hovercraft were called out at 7.10pm on Monday
evening (July 17th) after seafront walkers alerted Coastguards
when they saw to their amazement five children swimming from Burnham
to Stert Island.
Hungarian boys, aged 12-15, who were staying at Burnham Holiday
Village decided to swim across the bay at low tide to reach Stert
Island, as pictured here, unaware of the risks of strong currents
in the estuary.
imediately called on the RNLI and BARB's rescue hovercraft to
help - but it was left to the town's lifeboat to bring the lads
back to the safety of the shore and then transport them up the
beach on Kays Cart. They were taken across the mud for a
debriefing by the Burnham Coastguards at the town jetty.
hovercraft was ready to take Burnham Coastguard's Mud Rescue Team
to the scene if the boys had got into difficulty in the Stert
Harshanyi, one of the parents looking after the five boys, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com she had been unaware of any risks.
added that the children are on a 10-day school trip from Debrecen
in Hungary and are staying in Somerset for several days during
a nationwide tour of the country.
Press Officer Mike Lang said: "They could not speak English
and were completely unaware of any danger. If they had started
swimming back by themselves, the tide would have been stronger
and they might not have got back."
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