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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

Not swanning around: injured bird helped by rescue boat

Credit: BARB

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.

Credit: BARB

Teenagers rescued from mudflats at Burnham-on-Sea

The coastguard was called out to rescue a group of teenagers stuck in the mud at Burnham-on-Sea Credit: BARB

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.


Stranded driver thanks his rescuers

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.

– Martin Buckland, Driver

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.

– Mark Newman, BARB Chairman

Stranded motorist rescued from Brean beach

Rescue volunteers brought in a tractor to pull the car out Credit: BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat)

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.