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Father and son rescued from Weston-super-Mare mud

The BARB hovercraft brought the father and son to safety Credit: BARB

A father and son have been rescued by Burnham's rescue hovercraft after getting into difficulty in deep mud almost a mile from the shore at Weston-super Mare on Sunday (3 July).

BARB Search & Rescue's rescue hovercraft was called out by Weston Coastguards to fly the eight year-old boy and his father out of danger.

The two had waded out across the mudflats to reach the sea. They were seen struggling through the mud with a fast incoming tide nearby, so for their welfare the hovercraft was tasked with flying them back to safety."

– Coastguard spokesperson

It was a busy afternoon for BARB's volunteer crew

The hovercraft was already in Weston for the town's rescue services day and it also helped Weston Coastguards check on the welfare of six other mud walkers who were seen wading out towards the sea between the Grand Pier at Uphill.

Our advice is to heed the warning signs and stay at the top of the beach away from mud and soft sand.

– BARB Chairman Mark Newman
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