TV appearance for flood rescuers

PUBLISHED: 18:15 14 January 2015 | UPDATED: 14:11 15 January 2015

Helen Skelton on board a BARB hovercraft. Photo:

Helen Skelton on board a BARB hovercraft. Photo:


LIFE-SAVING volunteers in Burnham received national attention this weekend as 
the BBC's Countryfile dropped in.

Presenter Helen Skelton visited the Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) team as part of a look back at the floods which hit Somerset this time last year.

She took part in a training exercise with BARB and heard how they changed from their usual routine as a hovercraft crew to helping on the Somerset Levels to rescue stranded residents last January.

Those rescued by the charity included a woman and her 
dog Elvis, who were left trapped for 13 days over Christmas in 2013, while they also helped deliver supplies to more than 100 residents trapped on the levels.

A BARB spokesman said: “We were pleased to welcome the Countryfile team to Burnham and to show viewers the work of our dedicated volunteers.”

BARB operates two hovercraft and an inshore rescue boat, and is run entirely by volunteers.

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