Dog reunited with owners after Burnham mudflats rescue
was the moment a dog was reunited with its relieved owners after
being rescued by a hovercraft in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday morning
Coastguards were alerted shortly after 11.30am when the dog's
owners reported Ruby, a Scottish Terrier, had run off and got
into difficulty on the beach mudflats between Burnham and Berrow.
Search & Rescue's Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft was called
to the scene and flew two members of the Coastguard Mud Rescue
Team out to the animal.
Dave Welland, Burnham Coastguard Station Officer, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Ruby had been spooked by another dog and run across the
mudflats about a mile towards the sea at low tide."
"There are patches of dangerous mud in that area and when
one of the owners started to get into difficulty while trying
to reach the animal, they correctly called the Coastguard for
"We flew out to the dog with the help of the BARB crew to
reach Ruby, retrieved him and got him back to his grateful owners."
The hovercraft took Burnham Coastguard Mud Rescue Team out to
the dog a mile out onto the mudflats between Burnham and Berrow
where it was rescued and brought back to shore to avoid the owners
getting themselves into difficulty.
Burnham Coastguard Dave Welland, wearing specialised mud rescue
footwear, is seen here carrying the dog back to the grateful owners,
who are local and thanked the rescue services for their help.