BARB - Burnham Area Rescue Boat hovercraft


BARB logoWelcome to the official Web site for BARB Search & Rescue in Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset, UK

BARB (formed as the Burnham Area Rescue Boat in 1992) is a registered charity that operates two life-saving rescue hovercrafts and an inshore rescue boat in the Bridgwater Bay area.

This site provides all the latest BARB charity news, launch reports and fundraising info. Please also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

NEXT EVENT: Father Christmas comes to a very special Santa's Grotto at BARB on Saturday 20th December and Sunday 21st December 10am-4pm


.Latest BARB News

Berrow chemist team raises funds for BARB charity
NEWS POSTED: 30 July, 2014

A chemist shop in Berrow has helped to raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea's hovercraft rescue charity. A successful fun day was held at Day Lewis Pharmacy in Berrow where funds were raised for BARB Search & Rescue. More....

BARB receives boost from Burnham-On-Sea group
NEWS POSTED: 14 July, 2014

Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has been given a financial boost by the outgoing President of the town's Inner Wheel Club. Debbie March made the rescue hovercraft group her charity of the year for 2014 and has presented BARB's Roger Flower with £1,000 following a year of fundraising. More....

Prince Edward welcomed to BARB's seafront station
NEWS POSTED: 9 June, 2014

The Earl of Wessex met volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity on Monday (June 9th). Prince Edward visited BARB Search & Rescue where he met crewmembers and saw the charity's two life-saving hovercrafts and inshore rescue boat. More....

BARB awarded Queen's Award For Voluntary Service
NEWS POSTED: 2 June, 2014

Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue has been named as a recipient of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2014, a prestigious national honour. The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was first launched in 2002 by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee to recognise the outstanding contributions made by groups of volunteers to local communities. More....

Council chief visits Burnham hovercraft AGM
NEWS POSTED: 25 May, 2014

The Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council was the special guest at the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB on Friday evening (May 23rd). Cllr Peter Downing joined 40 people at Burnham's Town Council Chambers to hear about a busy year for the long-running life-saving charity. More....

Prince Edward to visit Burnham hovercrafty charity
NEWS POSTED: 13 May, 2014

The Earl of Wessex is to visit the volunteers who run Burnham-On-Sea’s BARB Search & Rescue next month. Prince Edward will be visiting the charity’s seafront station on Monday June 9th where he will meet volunteer crewmembers and see the charity’s two life-saving hovercrafts and inshore rescue boat. More....

BARB named Sedgemoor's charity of the year
NEWS POSTED: 21 March, 2014

Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue was named Sedgemoor's charity of the year at a regional business awards ceremony on Thursday night. The Burnham charity, which operates two hovercrafts and an inshore rescue boat, was awarded the title by a panel of judges at the Sedgemoor Business Awards. More....

BARB receives £3,000 boost from Lloyds Bank
NEWS POSTED: 18 February, 2014

Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has received a £3,000 financial boost from Lloyds Bank. The charity - which runs two hovercrafts and an inshore rescue boat that has been heavily used in recent weeks during flood relief work across Somerset - was nominated by Lloyds Bank's staff in Burnham to receive a Lloyds Bank Community Fund Award. More....

Prince Charles meets BARB duo during floods visit
NEWS POSTED: 4 February, 2014

The Prince of Wales met volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea charity BARB during a visit to the flood-hit Somerset Levels on Tuesday (February 4th). BARB was among scores of local organisations invited to the event in Stoke St Gregory to thank those who are providing support in the area. More....

Olympian James Cracknell visits Burnham hovercraft station
NEWS POSTED: 25 November, 2013

Double Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell make a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (November 23rd) when he visited the town's rescue hovercrafts and met traders in the High Street. James Cracknell OBE, a British rowing champion, made the visit with James Heappey. More....

BARB receives donation from motorcycle group
NEWS POSTED: 22 November, 2013

A group of fundraising motorcyclists has presented a cheque to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB this week. Somerset Motorcycle Group holds regular charity bike runs throughout the year, with each one starting in Highbridge. More....

Vote for BARB now to help us secure grant funding
NEWS POSTED: 2 October, 2013

A Burnham-On-Sea charity is appealing to local people to vote for it and help it secure £3,000 of community funding. BARB, the long-running charity that runs Burnham's rescue hovercrafts, has been nominated by Lloyds Bank's staff in the town to receive a Lloyds Bank Community Fund Award. More....

Appeal for volunteers to join BARB support crew
NEWS POSTED: 1 October, 2013

Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB is seeking new volunteers to join its support crew. The charity, which operates two life-saving hovercrafts, is seeking local people to get involved. More....

Big crowds flock to town's rescue services day
NEWS POSTED: 28 July, 2013

Big crowds of over 5,000 people lined Burnham-On-Sea's seafront on Sunday (July 28th) for the town's annual rescue services day. The event began with an official opening performed by Burnham's MP, Tessa Munt, Mayor Martin Cox and BARB President Neville Jones. Over 30 emergency services from across the West Country took part. More...

Pupils enjoy visit to Burnham's hovecraft station
NEWS POSTED: 4 July, 2013

Children from a Burnham-On-Sea school have visited the town's rescue hovercraft station. Dozens of pupils from Burnham Infant School made the special trip to the BARB station on the seafront where they picked up safety advice, saw the hovercrafts up close and met the crew, as pictured here. More...

Cleaning firm's £200 donation for hovercraft charity
NEWS POSTED: 2 July, 2013

A local cleaning products supplier has given a boost to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB. AutoSmart has donated £200 of cleaning and maintenance products to the seafront-based charity and will be supporting the organisation in the year ahead. More...

Craft fair raises funds for Burnham's rescue hovercrafts
NEWS POSTED: 18 June, 2013

A fundraising craft show in Burnham-On-Sea has raised money for the town's rescue hovercraft charity BARB. Organiser Kerry Mason has presented the seafront-based charity with a cheque for £130 following a craft fair held last month at the town's St Andrew's Church Hall. More...

Long-standing crewmembers thanked as they retire
NEWS POSTED: 27 May, 2013

Two long-serving hovercraft pilots at Burnham charity BARB were thanked for their eight years of volunteering during the group's AGM on Friday May 24th. EDF regional boss David Eccles was the special guest at the meeting, held at Burnham's Princess Theatre. More...

Bowled over! BARB receives donation from bowling club
NEWS POSTED: 29 April, 2013

Burnham-On-Sea Ladies Bowling Club has presented a donation to the town's rescue hovercraft charity this week. The ladies handed £80 to BARB during a presentation at Burnham Bowling Club in St Andrew's Road on Saturday. More...

Garden centre customers give hovercraft charity a boost
NEWS POSTED: 2 April, 2013

Hundreds of pounds was donated to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB during three days of fundraising over the Easter weekend. Crewmembers from the Burnham charity were invited by Sanders Garden World to collect outside the store in Brent Knoll. More...

Town festive lights display raises over £2,000 for BARB
NEWS POSTED: 12 March, 2013

A group of residents in Burnham-On-Sea who decorate their street with thousands of Christmas lights to raise money for local charities have this week handed out the cash to three good causes. The residents of Burnham's Trinity Close have presented the proceeds of their collection to hovercraft rescue charity BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat), PETAL, the Christine Woodberry Memorial Trust which helps local cancer hospices, and Musgrove Maternity Unit Trust Fund.. More...

Local Masons present £750 to hovercraft charity
NEWS POSTED: 26 February, 2013

Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB has this week received a £750 donation from three local Masons lodges. The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Somerset, the Installed Mark Master Lodge of Taunton and the William Long Lodge of Burnham raised the money for the life-saving charity. More...

Firms thanked for donations of equipment to BARB
NEWS POSTED: 8 January, 2013

A group of businesses have been thanked for donating new equipment to Burnham-On-Sea rescue hovercraft charity BARB. The new kit includes new search torches, map reading torches, helmet torches and sat nav systems. More...

Brean's Diamond Farm gives BARB a £2,000 boost
NEWS POSTED: 20 November, 2012

Holidaymakers at a Brean caravan park have handed over a bumper cheque to the charity that runs Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts. A summer of fundraising at Diamond Farm Holiday Park has raised £2,000 towards the running costs of BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat). More...

BARB marks its 20th anniversary with special function
NEWS POSTED: 4 November, 2012

A Burnham-On-Sea rescue charity has marked its 20th year and the end of a busy summer season with an informal function for current crewmembers and supporters. BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) held the event at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena on Saturday (November 4th) to thank its team of volunteers. More...

£3,600 for rescue charities at fun day in memory of Dylan Cecil
NEWS POSTED: 30 September, 2012

A fundraising music and fun day was held in Burnham on Saturday September 29th in memory of Dylan Cecil, the four year-old boy who died in August after falling from the town's jetty. The 11-hour fundraiser was held outside The Dunstan House in Love Lane and raised £3,660 for the town's search and rescue teams including BARB. More...

Rescue hovercraft crewmembers receive Jubilee medals
NEWS POSTED: 2 July, 2012

Several volunteer crewmembers at Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB have been presented with Jubilee medals in recognition of their work. Burnham and Highbridge Deputy Mayor Cllr Martin Cox handed over the medals to Roger Flower, Dave Bailey, Clive Weal and Andy Croker outside the hovercraft station to mark the 60th anniversary of the monarch's reign. More...

Mother of Lelaina returns to Berrow ten years after tragedy
NEWS POSTED: 23 June, 2012

The mother of a five year-old girl who died after getting stuck on mudflats at Berrow scattered flower petals at the scene of the tragedy on Saturday June 23rd, ten years to the day since it occurred. Five year-old Lelaina Hall died after getting trapped by the incoming tide in 2002. More...

Burnham cinema makes donation to BARB charity
NEWS POSTED: 10 June, 2012

Film fans have helped raise money for Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity. Pat Scott from the town's Ritz Cinema in Victoria Street has presented £114 to BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) following collections during several recent charity screenings. More...

Council chief welcomed to BARB's annual general meeting
NEWS POSTED: 13 May, 2012

The Chief Executive of North Somerset Council was the special guest at the AGM of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity BARB on Friday evening (May 11th). Graham Turner joined 40 people at Burnham's Town Council Chambers in Jaycroft Road to hear about a busy year for the life-saving charity. More...

BBC's Anneka Rice visits Burnham hovercraft station
NEWS POSTED: 31 March, 2012

TV and radio celebrity Anneka Rice made a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft station on Saturday (March 31st). She met volunteers from the charity and had a tour of the seafront station, which she built in just 72 hours as part of her popular Challenge Anneka TV series in 1994. More...

BARB backs world record sandcastle building bid!
NEWS POSTED: 14 March, 2012

Burnham-On-Sea's Sunspot Amusements has come forward as the main sponsor of the town's attempt to set a new sandcastle building world record this Spring. The event is to be held on Saturday June 2nd during Burnham's Jubilee celebration. More...

BARB receives £2,500 donation from residents' Xmas lights
NEWS POSTED: 31 January, 2012

Residents of a Burnham-On-Sea cul-de-sac who transformed their homes into a Christmas wonderland featuring thousands of fairy lights have collected over £5,000 for two local charities. The residents of Trinity Close have presented the proceeds of the collections at their annual fundraiser to hovercraft rescue charity BARB and a cancer charity. More...

Asda's Highbridge store delivers a £2,000 boost to BARB
NEWS POSTED: 27 December, 2011

Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft charity has been handed a £2,000 Christmas boost by supermarket giant Asda. Eight months of fundraising at the Highbridge store has raised £2,087 for Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB), which is one of its local charities of the year. More...

Burnham hovercraft station opens for Christmas weekend
NEWS POSTED: 19 December, 2011

Burnham-On-Sea's MP and Mayor were among the dozens of visitors at the town's rescue hovercraft station during a two-day Christmas fundraising weekend. Scores of families got a chance to meet Father Christmas, who put in an appearance at the event. More...

Author Sir Terry Pratchett meets Burnham hovercraft crew
NEWS POSTED: 27 November, 2011

Leading author Sir Terry Pratchett met some of the crewmembers of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts during a visit to the town on Saturday afternoon (November 26th). The author was in Burnham to switch on the town's Christmas lights and was keen to hear about the work of BARB. More...

Mayor presents donation to Burnham hovercraft charity
NEWS POSTED: 10 November, 2011

Four good causes in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have this week received donations from the town Mayor. Cllr Michael Clarke handed out cheques for £107 each to the Highbridge Festival of the Arts, Highbridge Dreamscheme, Burnham Dreamscheme and BARB before this week's Town Council meeting. More...

Hovercraft crew fly in to help school's lesson
NEWS POSTED: 10 November, 2011

Children and staff from Berrow Pre-School and the reception class at Berrow Primary School enjoyed a special visit by Burnham's rescue hovercraft and its crew this week. BARB was invited to bring one of its hovercrafts, The Light of Elizabeth, to help the children with their studies on emergency colours. More...

Bikers roar into action to raise cash for BARB
NEWS POSTED: 1 November, 2011

Fun-loving motorcyclists in fancy dress costumes roared through Highbridge on Sunday (October 30th) at the start of a sponsored 35-mile bike ride. Members of the Somerset Motorcycle Group organised the ride from Highbridge's Bristol Bridge Inn to Watchet to raise funds for Burnham-On-Sea charity BARB. More...

Brean's Diamond Farm gives £2,275 boost to BARB
NEWS POSTED: 23 October, 2011

Holidaymakers at a Brean caravan park have this week handed over a bumper cheque to the charity that runs Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercrafts. A summer of fundraising at Diamond Farm Holiday Park has raised £2,275 towards the running costs of BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat). More...

Warning as parked cars block BARB hovercraft station
NEWS POSTED: 11 October, 2011

Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft charity BARB has this week warned that vital minutes could be wasted in reaching beach rescues because of council delays in repainting double yellow lines outside its seafront station. Parts of Burnham's South Esplanade were resurfaced in late September, but the council has still not repainted double yellow lines across the front of the Coastguard and hovercraft stations. More...

Burnham care home raises funds for hovercraft charity
NEWS POSTED: 26 September, 2011

Residents and staff at a Burnham-On-Sea care home have raised hundreds of pounds for the charity that runs the town's two life-saving rescue hovercrafts by holding a fundraising fair. The Towans in Berrow Road has handed over £205.35 to BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat), which operates an inshore rescue boat and two rescue hovercrafts. More...

 

.Latest BARB Incidents

Dog walker and family spark mudflats call-out for BARB
NEWS POSTED: 22 July, 2014

Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and a crew from BARB Search & Rescue were called to Brean beach on July 21st amid concern for a dog walker and a family on the mudflats. Crews were alerted at 7.30pm after a woman was reported to be struggling through mud. More....

Video: 4x4 lost in the sea after being engulfed by incoming tide
NEWS POSTED: 16 July, 2014

A 4x4 was lost in the sea last night (Tuesday) after a bid to rescue it from the incoming tide on Brean Beach. Paul Redfern from Bristol had driven his Vauxhall Frontera half a mile down the beach when its wheels got stuck in the soft sand and mud, stranding it. More....

Hovercraft called to help teenagers struggling on mudflats
NEWS POSTED: 14 July, 2014

Coastguards and Burnham's rescue hovercraft were called to Weston beach on July 14th amid concern for the safety of a group of teenagers. The beach warden raised the alarm at 3.15pm after spotting the four youngsters wading through deep mud a mile from the shore with the tide starting to come in. More....

Concern for welfare of dog owner after pet goes missing
NEWS POSTED: 21 July, 2014

Crews from BARB were called to Brean on Sunday (July 20th) amid concern that a dog owner might put themselves in difficulty by searching for a missing pet. More....

Stranded jet skier rescued after running aground
NEWS POSTED: 19 May, 2014

A JET skier who became stranded on Stert Island on Sunday May 18th has thanked Burnham-On-Sea's rescue services for coming to his aid. Ian Cooper, from Bristol, was stranded on the island when his jet ski broke down after a mechanical problem. More....

Missing young girls found on Brean beach after search
NEWS POSTED: 19 May, 2014

A SEARCH was launched for two young girls on Sunday afternoon (May 18th) after they were reported missing by their family. Police, Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called to the beach after the two youngsters - aged 11 and 8 - went missing. More....

Father and son rescued by BARB's hovercraft
NEWS POSTED: 17 May, 2014

A father and son were flown to safety by hovercrafts at Brean after being spotted struggling in deep mud. The village's beach warden raised the alarm after seeing the two men wading through thick mud next to Brean Down. Coastguards alerted Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue, whose two hovercrafts were already in the area training. More....

BARB rescues stranded vehicle on Brean mudflats
NEWS POSTED: 9 March, 2014

A FRESH warning has been issued about the dangers of driving in mud on beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area after a vehicle had to be rescued on Brean beach. Brean's beachwarden called out BARB Search & Rescue at 4pm when the driver of a Ford Mondeo reported himself stuck. More....

Vulnerable missing man after search with police
NEWS POSTED: 6 March, 2014

A VULNERABLE pensioner who went missing in Burnham-On-Sea was found safe and well after a widespread search. Police officers and crewmembers from BARB Search & Rescue were tasked with searching Burnham-On-Sea town centre. More....

Concern for welfare of mudflats walkers prompts call-out
NEWS POSTED: 20 February, 2014

CONCERN for the welfare of a group of four people seen far out on the mudflats on Berrow beach led to a call-out for Burnham Coastguards and BARB this week. A beach walker spotted the group over a mile from the shore on Tuesday afternoon (February 18th). More....

Floods: BARB assists in evacuation of Moorland
NEWS POSTED: 8 February, 2014

These were the scenes on the flood-hit Somerset Levels on Saturday (February 8th) when crewmembers from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue were tasked with helping the ongoing evacuation. Volunteers from the Burnham charity worked alongside other organisations to help families in the village of Moorland whose homes have been inundated by the floods. More....

Floods: BARB crews continue to provide flood relief support
NEWS POSTED: 7 February, 2014

Crewmembers from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue were called to help in ongoing flood relief work across Somerset on Wednesday (February 5th). Volunteers from the charity were called out by the Somerset Civil Contingencies Unit after further heavy rain. More....

Third consecutive day of flood relief work for BARB crews
NEWS POSTED: 7 January, 2014

Burnham-On-Sea's inshore rescue boat crew helped residents trapped in their flooded homes for a third day running on Tuesday (January 7th). BARB Search & Rescue's volunteers brought supplies to 100 cut-off residents in Muchelney, near Langport, and the boat was also called to North Curry. More....

BARB boat crew helps flood-hit village of Muchelney
NEWS POSTED: 6 January, 2014

Burnham-On-Sea's inshore rescue boat crew helped provide supplies to more than 100 residents on Monday (January 6th) who are trapped in their Somerset village after floods have left all access roads under several feet of water. BARB's volunteers helped the residents in Muchelney, which has been cut off for four days. More....

BARB boat crew rescues lady trapped by floods for 13 days
NEWS POSTED: 5 January, 2014

A lady who has been stranded in her flooded home for 13 days was rescued by a boat crew from Burnham-On-Sea today (Sunday). BARB Search & Rescue's inshore rescue boat was in North Curry, near Taunton, carrying out flood relief training when its crew checked on the welfare of several residents. More....

Injured swan rescued by BARB boat crew
NEWS POSTED: 17 October, 2013

The dangers of discarded fishing tackle causing injuries to wildlife were starkly illustrated on Wednesday evening when an injured swan was rescued at Highbridge's Apex Park. Wildlife carers from East Huntspill's Secret World were called to the park at 5.30pm when a walker spotted the bloodied bird struggling on the lake. More....

Dog walker and labrador rescued from mud on river bank
NEWS POSTED: 3 September, 2013

A dog walker was rescued in Burnham-On-Sea on Tuesday September 3rd after getting stuck in mud as she attempted to reach her stranded Labrador. Rose Prosser tried to wade through thick mud to reach her pet, called Holly, after it become completely stranded on the banks of the River Brue. More....

Hovercraft called to gas cylinders sighting on Stert Island
NEWS POSTED: 3 September, 2013

Crews from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard and BARB were called to Stert Island on Tuesday afternoon (September 3rd) amid concern that several large gas cylinders had washed up. A walker on Burnham seafront had seen the objects through a telescope and raised the alarm, fearing damage to boats. More...

Bird trapped in netting rescued with wildlife carers
NEWS POSTED: 25 August, 2013

Wildlife rescuers retrieved a distressed bird trapped in netting on the fishing lakes at Highbridge's Apex Park on Sunday August 25th. Secret World's carers were contacted by several concerned members of the public after seeing it struggling. More....

Tides safety warning after car gets stuck on Brean beach
NEWS POSTED: 20 July, 2013

A fresh safety warning has been issued to motorists to check tide times before driving onto beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area after the driver of this car got caught out on Saturday evening (July 20th). A Vauxhall Corsa parked on Brean beach became inundated by the incoming tide shortly after 5pm when its owner had walked onto Brean Down for a picnic. More...

Lifeguards helped as buggy gets stuck in beach mud
NEWS POSTED: 7 July, 2013

Burnham's lifeguards beach buggy briefly got stuck in mud on Burnham beach, requiring the help of BARB. One of the lifeguards was proceeding down the beach to give safety advice to a family walking across the mud when the all-terrain vehicle unfortunately got stuck. More...

Hovercrafts search Stert Island for missing dog walker
NEWS POSTED: 3 June, 2013

Stert Island was searched by Burnham's Coastguards and hovercraft crews last night (Sunday) amid concern that a dog walker could be in difficulty. Crews were alarted at 9.33pm after two seafront residents reporting seeing a dog on the island in the dwindling light. More...

BARB crew assist Coastguards with medical evacuation
NEWS POSTED: 26 May, 2013

Burnham-On-Sea's Coastguards were called out to FOUR incidents in Brean on Sunday (May 26th) - and BARB assisted them in dealing with an inujured man on Brean beach. More...

Snow relief work for BARB
NEWS POSTED: 18 January, 2013

Volunteers from Burnham-On-Sea rescue hovercraft charity BARB have been helping the town's doctors reach patients across the area during the severe winter weather. On Friday, BARB's two 4x4 trucks were used several times to safely transport doctors and nurses from outlying areas into Burnham and then take them to patients requiring home visits. More...

Boat crew helps reach villagers stranded after flooding
NEWS POSTED: 28 November, 2012

A rescue boat and crew from Burnham-On-Sea charity BARB has been helping to deliver vital supplies to a flood-hit village in Somerset. All roads in and out of the village of Muchelney, near Langport, have been closed for five days due to severe flooding. More...

Stranded motorist rescued after getting stuck on mudflats
NEWS POSTED: 29 September, 2012

A motorist was rescued after getting stuck on Brean beach on Saturday September 29th while attempting to drive across the mudflats to reach the sea. Brean's beachwarden raised the alarm just after mid-day when the stranded silver Mitsubishi Shogun, pictured here, was spotted half a mile out from the beach. More...

Stranded van rescued from sea by BARB tractor crew
NEWS POSTED: 25 August, 2012

These were the scenes in Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Saturday) when a beach cleaning vehicle was pulled to safety after getting stuck in soft sand and mud. BARB sent its tractor to the town's beach, near Maddock's Slade, where Sedgemoor District Council's beach cleaning van was completely surrounded by the tide. More...

Hovercrafts in huge search for missing toddler Dylan Cecil
NEWS POSTED: 21 August, 2012

Burnham-On-Sea's hovercrafts and crews were involved in a huge search operation to find a missing four year-old boy this week. Dylan Cecil's parents frantically tried to rescue him on Sunday evening after he slipped off the town's jetty into the sea, but they were unable to reach him. More...

Boy, 11, rescued after getting trapped in mud on beach
NEWS POSTED: 8 August, 2012

An 11 year-old boy was rescued by hovercraft crews and Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea after getting trapped in thigh-deep mud on Brean beach on Wednesday afternoon (August 8th). The young holidaymaker had walked down the beach to wash his hands in a pool of water when he got into difficulty. More...

Group of mud walkers cause search for hovercrafts
NEWS POSTED: 25 July, 2012

Hovercrafts and Coastguards carried out a search of the mudflats at Brean on Wednesday, July 25th after a group of four people were reported to be in difficulty. Brean's beachwarden alerted Coastguards at 5.15pm after spotting the walkers struggling through waist-deep mud to reach the sea. More...

Holidaymakers spark mudflats scare at Brean
NEWS POSTED: 22 July, 2012

Five mud-covered Spanish holidaymakers were walked to safety by Coastguards at Brean on July 22nd after sparking a safety scare on the mudflats at low tide. The five youngsters were seen wading through waist-deep mud over a mile from the shore at low tide. More...

BARB crew join search of beach for missing person
NEWS POSTED: 4 June, 2012

Volunteers from BARB and Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard were called away from their Jubilee celebrations on Monday (June 4th) to search for a suspected missing person at Brean. Crews were called to the beach at 12.45pm after a beach warden discovered a large quantity of clothing and personal possessions in the sand dunes. More...

Hovercraft called to teenager on Brean beach
NEWS POSTED: 28 May, 2012

Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft was called to Brean on Monday afternoon (May 28th) to help rescue a 13 year-old boy on the village's beach. It came after the teenager briefly became stuck in the mud and a group of people nearby raised the alarm. More...

BARB's hovercraft called to help windsurfers
NEWS POSTED: 26 May, 2012

Burnham's hovercraft, lifeboats and Coastguards were called out to rescue two windsurfers this afternoon (Saturday) after they got into difficulty in strong winds and thick mud. Coastguards were initially called to Berrow Beach at 1pm after the beach warden raised the alarm when he spotted the two men half a mile from the shore. More...

Beach searched after sighting of injured deer
NEWS POSTED: 6 April, 2012

Wildlife carers were called out on Friday afternoon (April 6th) after an injured deer was spotted on Burnham-On-Sea beach. The animal was reported to Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre by several people who saw it running in a distressed state across the mudflats towards the low lighthouse. More...

Stranded vehicle towed to safety on Burnham beach
NEWS POSTED: 25 March, 2012

A car had to be towed to safety after getting stuck in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach this morning (Sunday). The front wheels of the Volkswagen sank into the mud, stranding the vehicle next to Burnham jetty, after its owner attempted to recover a jet ski. More...

Missing autistic girl found in thick fog after major search
NEWS POSTED: 11 March, 2012

Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards, rescue hovercrafts and police launched a major search for a missing autistic teenager in thick fog on Brean beach on Sunday, March 11th. The carers of the 14 year-old contacted Brean's beachwarden at 1.45pm to report the girl missing after she was last seen leaving the Brean Cove Cafe. More...

Beach survey team rescued from mudflats at Berrow
NEWS POSTED: 16 February, 2012

A survey team had to be rescued on Berrow beach on Thursday after getting trapped in thick mud. Sedgemoor District Council's beach manager called on the help of Burnham-based rescue charity BARB to reach the stranded vehicle, near the Berrow shipwreck, shortly before 11am. More...

Horse rider air-lifted from beach after accident
NEWS POSTED: 11 December, 2011

A woman was air-lifted to hospital from Berrow beach on Sunday (December 11th) after suffering suspected back injuries when she was thrown from her horse. Two people - a man and a woman - were hurt when both their horses bolted after being startled while being ridden along the sands. More...

BARB joins huge search for missing pensioner
NEWS POSTED: 25 October, 2011

BARB's crews were among the emergency services called to West Huntspill on Tuesday (October 25th) to help in a huge search for a vulnerable 79-year-old woman who was reported missing from her Highbridge home. More...

Stuck campervan towed to safety on Berrow beach
NEWS POSTED: 16 October, 2011

A campervan had to be towed to safety after getting stranded on Berrow beach on Sunday afternoon (October 16th). The owner alerted Brean's beach warden after the wheels of his Hymer vehicle sank into soft sand. More...

Mudflats walkers keep BARB's crews busy in heatwave
NEWS POSTED: 2 October, 2011

The crew of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft were kept busy on Sunday (October 2nd) when the heatwave tempted scores of beach visitors to wade out across the mudflats to reach the sea for a paddle. Coastguards called BARB to Uphill on Sunday evening at 6pm after a group of children briefly got stuck near the River Axe. More...

Missing man found after major search on Brean Down
NEWS POSTED: 28 September, 2011

A major search was carried out on Brean Down on Wednesday (September 28th) after a woman in a distressed state was reported missing. Teams of Coastguards from Burnham and Weston joined police and crewmembers from BARB in conducting a three-hour search of the area. More...

4x4 vehicle rescued from mudflats at Berrow
NEWS POSTED: 25 August, 2011

A fresh warning has been issued to motorists driving on beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area after this stranded 4x4 had to be towed to safety at Berrow on Thursday (August 25th) - the second vehicle rescue in a week. More...

Stranded van rescued by BARB tractor crews
NEWS POSTED: 16 August, 2011

A council cleaning vehicle had to be rescued on Burnham-On-Sea beach this afternoon (Tuesday) after getting stranded in soft sand and mud. One of Sedgemoor District Council’s Clean Surroundings vans became trapped at 2.30pm when its wheels got stuck during a beach clean-up. More...


.Hovercraft News Archive
More Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft news:

BARB helps RSPCA after influx of 500 sea birds [Sep 8, 2011]
Christmas comes early at BARB fundraiser! [Sep 3, 2011]
New BARB boat unveiled during Escape Day [Aug 8, 2011]
Walker sparks beach safety scare at Berrow [Aug 8, 2011]
BARB joins rescue operation in Brean [July 16, 2011]
Hinkley Point boss visits BARB for AGM [June 25, 2011]
BARB features on BBC1 TV show [June 16, 2011]
Stranded ice cream rescued from sticky position! [April 17, 2011]
Sailing Club delivers £5000 boost [March 26, 2011]
BARB in missing man search [March 17, 2011]
Barn dance raises fun and funds! [March 10, 2011]
Boat crew helps retrieve swan [March 6, 2011]
Family of five rescued from stranded car on beach [Feb 26, 2011]
BARB helps wildlife carers retrieve shot swans [Feb 21, 2011]
Funds raised for BARB on Go Orange Day [Feb 19, 2011]
Beach drama for BBC TV crew during filming [Jan 19, 2011]
RSPCA requests help to reach injured swan [Jan 11, 2011]
Hovercraft called to distressed woman [Jan 10, 2011]
Sea swim boost hovercraft charity funds [Jan 1, 2011]

Click here for earlier Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft news stories


.History of the Burnham hovercraft


The story behind Burnham's 'Spirit Of Lelaina' hovercraft

The Western Daily Press front page on March 22, 2003 - BARB campaignBARB, the group that runs the hovercraft, was formed in 1992 when it began fundraising for its first rescue craft and own boathouse. In June 1994 Anneka Rice and the BBC TV show Challenge Anneka came to the rescue, building us a boat house on Burnham seafront in just 72 hours!

With the help of a generous grant from The Foundation for Sport And The Arts, plus donations from local businesses, BARB was able to purchase the rest of the equipment it needed in order to become fully operational as a rescue boat service.

Following the tragic death of five year-old Lelaina Hall in the mud at Berrow in 2002, the Western Daily Press launched a hugely successful fundraising campaign which brought in a whopping £115,000.

This funded the purchase of a fully-equipped hovercraft - called The Spirit Of Lelaina - which is now stationed in the boathouse at Burnham. During its first summer of operation it helped and rescued up to 50 people. The Western Daily Press and its readers remain one of the biggest supporters of the service, raising many thousands of pounds towards its operation.


.Challenge Anneka team built seafront HQ in just 72 hours!


How BBC's Anneka Rice built BARB's hovercraft station...

Anneka Rice in Burnham-On-SeaThe hovercraft station which today houses the Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft was built in a matter of hours in 1994 during a flying visit by Anneka Rice and the crew from the popular BBC TV show Challenge Anneka.

The group behind the Burnham Area Rescue Boat had been formed in 1992 when it began fundraising for its own boat house. In June 1994 Anneka Rice came to the rescue, building a boat house on Burnham-On-Sea seafront in just 72 hours!

The BBC's TV crew were on hand to record every part of the rapid construction and the final TV show was broadcast on BBC1 a few months later in the prime-time Challenge Anneka show. Click here for the full story and photos.


.Burnham's powerful tides in the spotlight on BBC show


BARB helps BBC's Jeremy Clarkson and 'Top Gear'

Jeremy Clarkson visiting the Burnham-On-Sea hovercraftA Toyota Futura was left looking rather worse-for-wear after Jeremy Clarkson and the BBC Top Gear team submerged it in the sea at Burnham in October 2003!

Crew members from the Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) helped the BBC crew put the off-road vehicle through a rigorous challenge by seeing whether the vehicle could survive one of Bridgwater Bay's notorious storm tides.

The vehicle was parked on the town's jetty and left to nature's forces - but, not suprisingly, the sea won and the vehicle failed miserably! The episode was shown on primetime BBC television and helped to demonstrate the danger of the tides along Somerset's coastline. Click here for the full story and photos.


.Hovercraft Background

Facts, figures and photos regarding Burnham-On-Sea's Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft:

Technical facts about the hovercraft
Find out how hovercrafts work
Challenge Anneka to the rescue!
Hovercraft Web sites and links

 

.How to contact us

EMERGENCIES: If you need urgent help, CALL 999 and ask for the Coastguard who will summon the hovercraft if needed.

OTHER CONTACTS: Call BARB's Chairman on 07834 635 797. You can also write to us at: BARB, Marine Rescue Centre, The Esplanade, Burnham, TA8 1BB.


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.Donate to BARB


BARB is a registered charity that relies solely on donations to run its service. Its annual running costs are over £30,000. Unlike other rescue groups, no-one at BARB is paid - we are all volunteers - so every penny raised is put towards rescues, training and maintaining our equipment.

Support us by sending cheques, payable to 'BARB', to BARB at Marine Rescue Centre, The Esplanade, Burnham, TA8 1BB.

Make regular contributions: You can now download a form here to make regular contributions to BARB.

Become a sponsor: Find out who supports and sponsors Burnham's hovercraft and how you can get involved - here.




.Latest sponsor

Latest supporters of BARB

BARB is proud to use LC Joinery for work at our station. Click here


.Meet Our Crew

Hovercraft lifesavers

Click here to see the Burnham hovercraft team


.BARB Sponsors

Hovercraft sponsors

Hovercraft photographs

See a full list of the companies and groups that help BARB - click here


.BARB Merchandise


Help support BARB by buying our official merchandise, such as pens, mugs, postcards and more, from Burnham Tourist Information Centre on the town's seafront. It's open throughout the year.


.Facts & Figures

Learn more about the capabilities of the Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft:

Facts and figures about the Spirit of Lelaina


.Beach Safety

The beaches at Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow are among Britain's most scenic coastal areas, but there are dangers here too. Take note of these tips:

Beach guide and safety advice for visitors


.Photos

Hovercraft photo gallery

Hovercraft photographs

Click here for photos of the Burnham hovercraft

 
BARB is supported entirely by voluntary contributions. Registered Charity Number 1031263.