January 10, 2016
Photos: Dog reunited with owners after Burnham mudflats rescue

This was the moment a dog was reunited with its relieved owners after being rescued by a hovercraft in Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday morning (January 10th).

Burnham 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.

BARB 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 "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 help."

"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.


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