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March 26, 2005
Burnham Lifeboat launched after man becomes trapped in mud at Stert

Burnham-On-Sea’s Staines Whitfield lifeboat was launched on Saturday March 26 to help in the rescue of a person trapped in mud at Stert Island.

Stert is on the opposite bank of the River Parret (to the South West of Burnham-On-Sea).

The Atlantic 75 was called out at 17:58 after the alarm was raised by Avon and Somerset Constabulary reporting that a man was stuck up to his waist in thick mud at Stert Beach.

The Coastguard requested the launch of the hovercraft and a lifeboat from Burnham, along with a rescue team from the Watchet Coastguard.

The casualty was successfully extracted from the mud by the police rescue team and taken by ambulance to hospital.

RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer Mike Lang said: "This is a good example of how all rescue services can work together as a team when called to do so by Swansea Coastguard Control."

The Burnham lifeboat was stood down at 18:05.


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