New rescue boat is launched

BURNHAM’S seafront attracted big crowds at the weekend for the town’s annual rescue service day.

About 1,500 people gathered on the South Esplanade to see dozens of emergency services from across the West Country on display.

Hovercrafts, a simulated dolphin rescue by Marine Life Rescue, a lifeguard rescue, lifeboat exercise, a Coastguard mud rescue and a visit by an Royal Air Force (RAF) helicopter were among the attractions.

Organiser Roger Flower said: “This year’s event was again successful despite some poor weather. We had a good number of visitors and it was great to have the support of more than 30 participating groups from across the South West.”

During the day, BARB’s new inshore rescue boat, which will be used for rescues on lakes and rivers in Somerset, was officially launched.

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