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Brean Down mud rescue bid for Burnham
launched on Thursday August 19 to help rescue a father and son
had got into difficulties in
dangerous mud on
the beach at
Staines Whitfield lifeboat,
with helm Nick Prout and three crew onboard, was launched shortly
after 15:00 hours at
the request of
alarm had been raised by Brean
Down's Beach Warden
after Mark Caddick (pictured below) and his eight-year-old son
Matthew from Walsall, near Birmingham, were spotted knee-deep
in mud approximately three quarters of a mile from Brean Down.
RNLI's lifeboat stood by as Burnham's hovercraft and Coastguard
Mud Rescue Team picked
up the father and son, then took them back to the safety of dry
land where paramedics checked them over and gave them the all-clear.
pair had ignored warnings about the dangerous mud and walked out
to the sea, which was at low tide, to sail a dinghy, but after
half a mile had become exhausted in the thick mud.
lifeboat took two members of the Coastguard Mud Rescue Team back
to Burnham-On-Sea at approximately 17:00 hours.
conditions were calm with a Westerly force 3 and slight sea conditions.
more details about the Burnham Hovercraft's role in this rescue,
the Burnham-On-Sea RNLI Home Page
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