Burnham's rescue hovercraft flew out to a dog walker and Springer after reports of the owner attempting to save the pet from thick mud.Read the full story ›
The hovercraft crew came to the rescue of a man driving his brand new Range Rover with just minutes to spare before the tide came in.Read the full story ›
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."
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.
A rescue boat more used to saving people was called into action of a different kind - to help a swan.
Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre joined forces with the Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) after a walker spotted the bird in distress.
BARB used the inshore rescue boat to save the swan, which had a hook trapped in its beak and line wrapped around its head and neck.
It has now been taken from the Lakeside Holiday Park back to the Centre for further treatment.
Four teenagers have been rescued from mudflats at Burnham-on-Sea.
Coastguards from Weston-super-Mare and a hovercraft from Burnham-on-Sea were called to the beach this afternooon after the teenagers were spotted wading through mud a mile from the shore as the tide was coming in.
The teenagers were guided safely back to the beach.
A warning has been issued about the dangers of driving in mud after a vehicle was rescued on Brean beach.Read the full story ›
A driver who was stranded on mudflats at Brean beach in North Somerset has thanked his rescuers. Martin Buckland from the West Midlands has made a donation to BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) to cover the expenses of Saturday's rescue.
I thought I could drive down to the sea, but my wheels sank into the mud just as I was about to turn round. I was very grateful for the help of the rescue crew. I'm embarrassed that it happened.
BARB is a charity, run by volunteers. It has rescued more than 220 people over the past 20 years.
This incident serves as a fresh reminder about the dangers of venturing into the mud along Brean beach. Our advice is to heed the warning signs and stay on the hard sand at the top of the beach.
A driver has been rescued after getting stuck on mudflats at Brean. The alarm was raised just after noon on Saturday when the four-by-four was spotted half a mile out from the beach.
Volunteers from BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) used a tractor to haul the car and its owner to safety.