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BARB Search & Rescue

News and information from BARB Search & Rescue in Burnham-On-Sea

BARB (formed as the Burnham Area Rescue Boat in 1992) is a registered charity that operates two life-saving rescue hovercrafts and an inshore rescue boat in the Bridgwater Bay area.

This page provides all the latest BARB charity news, launch reports and fundraising info. Please also follow BARB on Facebook and Twitter

BARB Latest News

Air ambulance and crews called to Brean Down to help injured cyclist

An air ambulance landed on top of Brean Down today (Monday) to fly a teenager to hospital after he was injured in a cycling accident.

Walker helped after suffering knee injury in fall on Burnham-On-Sea beach

A walker has been helped from Burnham-On-Sea beach after suffering a leg injury in a fall near the lighthouse.

Burnham-On-Sea rescue crews launch night search for ‘person seen entering sea’

Burnham-On-Sea’s marine rescue services were called out last night (Tuesday) amid concerns that a person could be difficulty in the sea.
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VIDEO: Burnham’s BARB crews rescue stranded car on Brean beach

A crew from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue was called out on Sunday afternoon (January 13th) to rescue this vehicle stuck in mud on...

Blue Ridge Runners motoring group delivers boost to Burnham-On-Sea charity

A group of fundraising motoring enthusiasts has presented over £1,000 to a Burnham-On-Sea charity.

Rugby and football clubs play charity match for Burnham-On-Sea’s BARB Search & Rescue

A unique New Year's Day football match for charity was held in Burnham-On-Sea involving players from Burnham United Football Club and the town's Rugby Club.

Burnham-On-Sea Bowling Club hands donation to hovercraft charity BARB

Burnham-On-Sea Bowling Club has presented a donation to the town’s rescue hovercraft charity. The club’s over 60s captain, Don Bridges, has handed £400 to BARB during a presentation at the seafront hovercraft statio

Families head to see Santa’s grotto at Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft station

Father Christmas will be making a very special visit to Burnham-On-Sea’s hovercraft station this weekend when he sets up a unique grotto.
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Boy, 7, rescued from beach mud at Brean by hovercraft and Coastguards

A seven year-old boy has been rescued after getting stuck in mud on Brean beach today (Sunday).

Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB crews search Weston beach for ‘vulnerable person’

Burnham-On-Sea's Coastguard and BARB rescue hovercraft crews were called to Weston on Friday evening (November 16th) amid concern that a vulnerable person was on the mud flats.

Race night raises over £1,800 for Burnham-On-Sea’s BARB Search & Rescue

A fundraising race night has raised over £1,800 for Burnham-On-Sea’s rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue.

Race night to be held in aid of Burnham’s BARB Search & Rescue

Race night to be held for BARB
A FUNDRAISING race night is to be held for Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue next month. The charity is organising the fun adults-only evening at The Avenue Tennis Club in Burnham on Saturday 10th November. Tickets are priced £5.

Auction raises £540 for Burnham-On-Sea’s BARB Search & Rescue

Charity auction boosts BARB
HUNDREDS of pounds was raised for Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB Search & Rescue when a unique 50/50 auction was held on Saturday (October 13th). The charity auction was held in St Andrew's Church Hall with dozens of bidders.

Burnham-On-Sea’s BARB Search & Rescue to hold auction today

50/50 charity auction today
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity is holding a unique 50/50 auction today (Saturday). The 50/50 charity auction is being held in St Andrew’s Church Hall in Burnham-On-Sea in aid of Burnham organisation BARB Search & Rescue through the day when all are welcome.

Burnham-On-Sea’s BARB Search & Rescue to hold auction on Saturday

50/50 auction for town charity
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity is holding a unique 50/50 auction this Saturday (October 13th). The 50/50 charity auction is being held in St Andrew’s Church Hall in Burnham-On-Sea in aid of Burnham organisation BARB Search & Rescue through the day.

Burnham-On-Sea’s BARB called to Weston to search for missing person

Crews hunt for missing person
CREWS from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue were called to Weston beach on Wednesday (October 10th) to join the search for a vulnerable missing person. Both BARB's hovercrafts were requested by Coastguards to search the beach near the Grand Pier.

Burnham-On-Sea’s BARB crews join swift-water rescue exercise

Swift water rescue excerise
CREW from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue have been taking part in swift water 'rescues' during an intensive two-day training exercise with first responders from across the region. Eight of BARB's volunteers worked alongside Police, fire and other services.

Art groups team up to raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea’s BARB

Groups give boost to BARB
THREE Somerset art groups have teamed up to raise £400 for Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue. Members of Wembdon Painting Group, Wembdon Camera Club and Somerset Photo Walks groups set up a stall at the recent Wembdon Village Day.

Missing man in Brean found after big search by Coastguards and BARB

Missing man found in search
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards and crews from BARB Search & Rescue were called out early on Bank Holiday Monday to search for a missing vulnerable person. Crews were initially called out by Police at 1.30am, and then again at 7.30am, in the search for the man.

Burnham-On-Sea’s annual rescue services day to be held this Sunday

Rescue services day preview
DOZENS of emergency services from across the West Country will be gathering on Burnham-On-Sea's seafront this Sunday (August 19th) for the town's annual rescue services day. Scores of displays and demonstrations will be held on the seafront and beach from 10am.

Busy weekend of call-outs for Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards

Busy weekend for Coastguards
BURNHAM-On-Sea Coastguards had a busy weekend of call-outs amid a spate of incidents on local beaches in the ongoing good weather. Burnham Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called to Burnham's beach on Sunday at 12.29pm after a man was reported to be stuck in mud.

Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards rescue cut-off family on ‘busiest day’

Cut-off family rescued at Brean
BURNHAM-On-Sea's Coastguards had one of their busiest days of the year so far on Thursday (July 26th) with five call-outs to the incidents on local beaches - including the rescue of a family cut-off by the tide on Brean Down. The heatwave has made local beaches busy.

Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft flies mud walkers to safety at Weston

Hovercraft flies out two in mud
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft and two teams of Coastguards were called to Weston beach to help several people from the mudlats on Thursday afternoon (July 26th). A concerned member of the public had alerted the Coastguard to two people wading in deep mud.

Silly moo! Stuck cow rescued from River Brue in Burnham-On-Sea

Photos: Cow gets stuck in river
BURNHAM-On-Sea's rescue services were called out on Tuesday to recover a stranded cow from the muddy banks of the River Brue. Fire crews, assisted by Burnham Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue, were called at 9.30am to the south side of the River Brue to deal with the incident.

History of the Burnham hovercraft

The story behind Burnham’s ‘Spirit Of Lelaina’ hovercraft

BARB, the group that runs the hovercrafts, was formed in 1992 when it began fundraising for its first rescue craft and own boathouse. In June 1994 Anneka Rice and the BBC TV show Challenge Anneka came to the rescue, building us a boat house on Burnham seafront in just 72 hours!

With the help of a generous grant from The Foundation for Sport And The Arts, plus donations from local businesses, BARB was able to purchase the rest of the equipment it needed in order to become fully operational as a rescue boat service.

Following the tragic death of five year-old Lelaina Hall in the mud at Berrow in 2002, the Western Daily Press launched a hugely successful fundraising campaign which brought in a whopping £115,000.

This funded the purchase of a fully-equipped hovercraft – called The Spirit Of Lelaina – which is now stationed in the boathouse at Burnham. During its first summer of operation it helped and rescued up to 50 people. The Western Daily Press and its readers remain one of the biggest supporters of the service, raising many thousands of pounds towards its operation.

Challenge Anneka team built seafront HQ in just 72 hours!

How BBC’s Anneka Rice built BARB’s hovercraft station…

Anneka Rice in Burnham-On-SeaThe hovercraft station which today houses the Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft was built in a matter of hours in 1994 during a flying visit by Anneka Rice and the crew from the popular BBC TV show Challenge Anneka.

The group behind the Burnham Area Rescue Boat had been formed in 1992 when it began fundraising for its own boat house. In June 1994 Anneka Rice came to the rescue, building a boat house on Burnham-On-Sea seafront in just 72 hours!

The BBC’s TV crew were on hand to record every part of the rapid construction and the final TV show was broadcast on BBC1 a few months later in the prime-time Challenge Anneka show. Click here for the full story and photos.

Burnham's powerful tides in the spotlight on BBC show

BARB helps BBC’s Jeremy Clarkson and ‘Top Gear’

A Toyota Futura was left looking rather worse-for-wear after Jeremy Clarkson and the BBC Top Gear team submerged it in the sea at Burnham in October 2003!

Crew members from the Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) helped the BBC crew put the off-road vehicle through a rigorous challenge by seeing whether the vehicle could survive one of Bridgwater Bay’s notorious storm tides.

The vehicle was parked on the town’s jetty and left to nature’s forces – but, not suprisingly, the sea won and the vehicle failed miserably! The episode was shown on primetime BBC television and helped to demonstrate the danger of the tides along Somerset’s coastline. Click here for the full story and photos.

Hovercraft Background

Facts, figures and photos regarding Burnham-On-Sea’s Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft:

Technical facts about the hovercraft
Find out how hovercrafts work
Challenge Anneka to the rescue!
Hovercraft Web sites and links

How to contact us

EMERGENCIES: If you need urgent help, CALL 999 and ask for the Coastguard who will summon the hovercraft if needed.

OTHER CONTACTS: Call BARB’s Chairman on 07834 635 797. You can also write to us at: BARB, Marine Rescue Centre, The Esplanade, Burnham, TA8 1BB.

Donate to BARB

BARB is a registered charity that relies solely on donations to run its service. Its annual running costs are over £30,000. Unlike other rescue groups, no-one at BARB is paid – we are all volunteers – so every penny raised is put towards rescues, training and maintaining our equipment. Support us by sending cheques, payable to ‘BARB’, to BARB at Marine Rescue Centre, The Esplanade, Burnham, TA8 1BB. Make regular contributions: You can now download a form here to make regular contributions to BARB. Become a sponsor: Find out who supports and sponsors Burnham’s hovercraft and how you can get involved – here.

How to contact us

EMERGENCIES: If you need urgent help, CALL 999 and ask for the Coastguard who will summon the hovercraft if needed.

OTHER CONTACTS: Call BARB’s Chairman on 07834 635 797. You can also write to us at: BARB, Marine Rescue Centre, The Esplanade, Burnham, TA8 1BB.

Meet Our Crew

Hovercraft lifesavers

Click here to see the Burnham hovercraft team

BARB Sponsors

Hovercraft sponsors

See a full list of the companies and groups that help BARB – click here

BARB Merchandise

Help support BARB by buying our official merchandise, such as pens, mugs, postcards and more, from Burnham Tourist Information Centre on the town’s seafront. It’s open throughout the year.

Facts & Figures

Learn more about the capabilities of the Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft:

Facts and figures about the Spirit of Lelaina

Beach Safety

The beaches at Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow are among Britain’s most scenic coastal areas, but there are dangers here too. Take note of these tips:

Beach guide and safety advice for visitors

Photos

Hovercraft photo gallery

Click here for photos of the Burnham hovercraft