One of Burnham-On-Sea’s hovercrafts was used for a unique ‘safety mission’ on Saturday (October 31st).

Sedgemoor District Council’s Assistant Harbour Officer, Ricky Holmes, and Nick Prout were flown out into Bridgwater Bay to check the condition of several buoys around Stert Island before the winter storm season.

The buoys play an essential role in ensuring the safe navigation of boats through Bridgwater Bay. Their exact locations are recorded on charts and therefore regular checks are important.

Ricky told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We perform periodic checks of the buoys to ensure their ground tackle is safe, and that they are well anchored. As we can only check them at low tide, the help of the hovercraft was invaluable.”

Sedgemoor District Council made a donation to BARB to cover its costs for the work.