Hovercraft launched in search of mud walkers

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 July 2012

Brean Hovercraft. Picture: Mark Newman.

Brean Hovercraft. Picture: Mark Newman.

Mark Newman.

FOUR people were rescued by the coastguard yesterday (Wed) after struggling through waist-deep mud.

Hovercrafts and coastguards carried out a search of the mudflats at Brean beach after the group was reported to be in difficulty.

Brean’s beachwarden alerted coastguards at 5.15pm after spotting the walkers struggling half a mile from the shore in an attempt to reach the sea.

A team of Burnham coastguards and two rescue hovercrafts from Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) were called to the scene.

A man and three children managed to get back to the shore, but concerns about a further two walkers led to the shoreline being searched using The Light Of Elizabeth rescue hovercraft.

Brean beachwarden Dave Furber said: “The four people were a long way from the shore and carried on walking when I called. When they reached the deeper mud, my concern increased and the coastguard was contacted.”

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