Combwich river bank incident

Burnham-On-Sea’s BARB hovercraft and RNLI lifeboats were called out on Thursday morning (April 11th) to help a walker who had become stuck in mud on a river bank.

The crews were called to Combwich alongside the fire and ambulance service shortly after 9am when the woman was reported to be stranded on the banks of the River Parrett, as pictured here.

The lady was successfully helped to safety from the mud and was checked over by paramedics.

A spokeswoman for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We were called at 9am and attended with an ambulance and a rapid response vehicle.”

“One female patient was taken to hospital for further treatment.”

Combwich river bank incident

A BARB spokesman added: “Our volunteers were called out by Coastguards this morning after a walker was reported to be stuck in mud at Combwich. BARB’s hovercraft was launched from Burnham beach and then flew along the River Parrett, alongside the RNLI lifeboat. The person was successfully rescued from the mud with the help of the fire service and she was treated by paramedics. This was another successful multi-agency incident.”

A fire service spokesman added: “Fire Appliances from Bridgwater and Nether Stowey plus the Special Rescue Team from Bridgwater was mobilised. On arrival, crews confirmed one female was stuck in mud and got to work with Drysuits and Personal Protective Equipment to rescue the female.”

Burnham RNLI Lifeboat Burnham Reach had been speedily launched with a crew of two onboard and made its way up river towards the casualty. RNLI helmsman Nick Edrich said:  “We reached the incident area within eight minutes of launching, but the casualty had already been rescued.”

Combwich river bank incident