Vulnerable man rescued from sea in Brean

PUBLISHED: 08:14 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:22 28 August 2018

Burnham Area Rescue Boat's hovercraft, The Spirit of Lelania.    


Burnham Area Rescue Boat's hovercraft, The Spirit of Lelania. Picture: MARK ATHERTON


Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team helped to rescue a vulnerable man who went missing in Brean last night (Monday).

The team, along with BARB Search and Rescue, was called out at 1.34am to help Avon and Somerset Constabulary to search for a man who had gone missing while out in Brean.

Two members of the Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team boarded the BARB hovercraft to search the beach from Berrow to Brean Down.

The other members of the team paired up with BARB to carry out a foot search along the pathways and in the sand dunes, while the National Police Air Support helicopter scouted the coast from the air.

Police officers also searched the roadsides and caravan parks.

The teams stopped after four hours, ready to resume the search in morning.

Just before 7.30am, the Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team and BARB were called out again after a walker reported finding the man in distress in the water.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust also attended and the man was assessed at the scene before being taken to hospital.

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