Three call-outs for RNLI during Air Day

PUBLISHED: 17:30 23 June 2014

This picture of the hovercraft searching for the missing child was submitted to by Roger Fry.

This picture of the hovercraft searching for the missing child was submitted to by Roger Fry.

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WESTON’S life-saving RNLI crews were called to three incidents during the Air Day event – including one where two ‘idiots’ pretended to shout for help.

A volunteer crew was on standby throughout the weekend and answered the first call on Saturday when a child was reported missing.

The D Class lifeboat was launched to search the foreshore and the child was found by the Coastguard after an hour-and-a-half.

The crew was also called out at 1am on Sunday, to reports of a man seen going into the sea on the south side of Brean Down.

The crew searched for the man – believed to have been in a distressed state – at Berrow Bay.

By the time the lifeboat arrived, the man had been found by police.

At 2pm the same day, two swimmers near Marine Lake were seen waving and shouting for help in an area prone to strong tides.

When the crew arrived, it was found they were not in distress.

Lifeboat operations manager Charlie Conroy said: “It shows the dedication of the Weston crew that they were willing to give up their whole weekend to support the air show and protect the visitors.

“We do not mind if potential casualties are saved before we get there. We would rather go and not be needed than not be there when we are.

“The swimmers were idiots. Calling us out could have meant that we may not have been able to respond to another, real, emergency.

“I am very proud of my crew and thank them for all the hard work they do to support the RNLI and save lives at sea.”

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