Skydivers brave Friday 13th superstition for charity

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 June 2014

Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) out in action (credit:

Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) out in action (credit:

JUMPING out of a plane at 10,000 feet may seem scary enough on its own - but not for volunteers from Burnham’s rescue hovercraft charity.

Crew members from Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) will brave the curse of Friday the 13th this week, diving above Salisbury Plain to raise funds for the organisation.

The five-man team of Dan Lyons, Adrian Cunningham, Wayne Kilgallon, Chris Bess and John Ansell have all been raising sponsorship ahead of the dive.

Mr Bess said: “We wanted to do something a bit different to raise funds. The first date we could do as a group was Friday 13, but fortunately we’re not superstitious!”

BARB has running costs of around £30,000 a year and relies solely on donations to stay operational, having saved hundreds of people since its launch 22 years ago, and contributed heavily to the flood relief effort in Somerset earlier this year.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the group can call in at the BARB station on Burnham Esplanade, or visit to donate via PayPal.

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