photos: Boy, 11, trapped in mud is rescued on Brean beach
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).
young holidaymaker had walked down the beach to wash his hands
in a pool of water when he got into difficulty, as pictured here.
his parents failed to reach him, Brean's beachwarden alerted Coastguards
and two hovercrafts were sent to the scene from Burnham-based
BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat).
Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft flew several Coastguards out to
reach the youngster 200 metres from the shore, where mud lances
were used to free him.
Coastguard Station Officer Steve Bird told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The boy was completely stuck in an area of very soft mud."
walked out to wash his hands but an area of mud gave way beneath
him and he found himself stuck."
used mud lances around him to reduce the suction and free him
before pulling him out and placing him on a stretcher."
was flown on the hovercraft back to the shore to a waiting ambulance.
He seemed unfazed by the whole incident - it would have been a
lot more serious if the tide had been coming in at the time."
11 year-old boy, from Ebbw Vale in Wales, is staying at a Burnham
holiday park and was relieved to be safely back with his family,
who thanked Brean's Beach Warden, the Coastguards, BARB and the
ambulance crews for their help.