autistic teenager found after major Brean search in thick fog
Coastguards, rescue hovercrafts and police launched a major search
for an autistic teenager who went missing in thick fog on Brean
beach on Sunday afternoon (March 11th).
carers of the 14 year-old girl contacted Brean's beachwarden at
1.45pm to report her missing after she was last seen leaving the
Brean Cove Cafe.
visibility down to just 70 metres in thick coastal fog, Coastguards
tasked The Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft, operated by Burnham-based
charity BARB, with scouring the tideline for any sight of the
teams of Coastguards and BARB crew also searched on foot along
the beach, Brean Down, the mudflats and nearby fields.
being missing for 90 minutes, the girl was eventually found safe
and well - but in a shaken state - on the beach towards Berrow.
carer of the girl, Jason Allen, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I
can't thank the rescue teams enough for their help."
was really panicking and starting to think the worst. The quick
response was fantastic."
Coastguard Officer Steve Bird added: "We are very happy that
the girl was found safe and well."
was in a potentially dangerous situation given the terrible visibility
which made co-ordinating the search very difficult and we were
grateful to have the extra assistance of BARB's crew and hovercraft.
A helicopter could not fly into the area due to the foggy conditions."
girl was visiting Brean beach on a day trip with friends from
an autistic school in Gloucestershire.
from Burnham joined the search at Brean
of the search team returning along the beach in the thick fog