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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


No 'Happyland' return for Banksy to Weston

Dismaland drew the crowds to Weston-super-Mare during August and September 2015 Credit: PA

Hopes that the elusive urban artist Banksy might be returning to Weston-super-Mare have been dashed after the council denied any such rumours.

The Bristol artist pulled in the crowds in August and September 2016 with his antidote to theme parks, Dismaland, which he built in the former Tropicana on the seafront.

A Facebook group has claimed that he would be returning to the same venue with Happyland - in contrast to the miserable set up which proved so popular with visitors of all ages.

But any speculation has been quashed by North Somerset Council which says lots of events are planned for the Tropicana over the summer but none of them are Banksy's

The Tropicana is hosting a range of events... but not one organised by Banksy Credit: ITV News


Dog rescued after falling off a cliff

Dog was rescued after falling off a cliff Credit: RNLI

Volunteer lifeboat crew have rescued a dog after it fell off a cliff on Brean Down. They were called out on Saturday afternoon by the dog's owner. The local RNLI team say the dog was in good health, despite a few scratches.

“This was a positive outcome to a potentially life threatening situation for the dog. We would like to remind dog owners that if this does happen to them not to enter the water, call 999 and ask for assistance. Entering the water has a extremely high chance of making any situation worse”

– Paul Sargent, crewman

Appeal to find missing teenager

Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are appealing to find a teenager who disappeared after going to the cinema.

15-year-old Sauda Gashi, from Bridgwater, was last seen in Weston-super-Mare at the Odeon Cinema on April 9.

We’re growing concerned about Suada’s welfare and have information to suggest she may be in the east Birmingham area.

– Avon and Somerset Police

The teen is slim build, with long ginger/brown hair and was last seen wearing a cream and black netted top, beige blazer, a black skirt and beige heels.

Anyone with information should contact police.

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