flood boat is given to Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue
village of Muchelney in South Somerset has this week handed a
new boat to Burnham's BARB Search & Rescue.
boat was originally given to residents of the village last year
by several companies to help them during the floods.
since then Somerset County Council has introduced a number of
measures to reduce the risk of further flooding and the villagers
no longer need the boat.
have decided to lend it permanently to BARB Search & Rescue,
which helped people on the Somerset Levels during the three-month
lot of work has been done to reduce the risk of more flooding
here in Muchelney - the road into the village has been raised
by 4ft which reduces the likelihood of it flooding again,"
said villager Alastair Mullineux.
is more confident and we're happy to pass on the boat to BARB
on a permanent loan as a thank you to them."
new boat will operate alongside BARB's existing inshore rescue
boat for use on rivers and lakes across Somerset, and will also
be available in the event of future flooding. A BARB spokesman
said the charity is "very grateful" to the village for