'Biggles' to the rescue

A 37-YEAR-OLD from Worle literally flew to the rescue to save a bunch of holidaymakers stranded on the Isle of Wight. Chris Rubery, of Coulson Drive, received a phone call from staff at Bakers Coaches, saying travellers, some of whom were from Weston, wer

A 37-YEAR-OLD from Worle literally flew to the rescue to save a bunch of holidaymakers stranded on the Isle of Wight.Chris Rubery, of Coulson Drive, received a phone call from staff at Bakers Coaches, saying travellers, some of whom were from Weston, were in danger of missing their ferry because their transport had broken down.Chris, the firm's operations manager, sprang into action and offered to fly company mechanic Ed Cranfield and the spare parts for the stranded coach out to the island. Chris, who received his private pilot licence last July and who is a member of Westonzoyland Flying Club, got his microlight aircraft ready and he and Ed, who lives in Cleeve, took off on the 85-mile trip from an airfield near Bridgwater to rescue the holidaymakers.Chris said: "We had another coach about to leave to pick up the passengers but it was going to be a long time before it could get there."I then realised the coach could be mended quite quickly if we could get a mechanic there and so suggested that it would be faster for me to fly down with a spare part and someone to fit it."The passengers knew that we were coming by plane and were highly amused by it all."One lady called me Superman. It was all quite a giggle really."News of Chris' rescue flight has got around his office in Locking Road, Weston, where colleagues have nicknamed him 'Biggles'.


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