Eight rescued from mud by AF&RS hovercraft

Birnbeck Road, Weston-super-Mare

AF&RS hovercraftFirefighters on board the Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) hovercraft rescued eight people from the mud flats at Weston-super-Mare.

Crews were mobilised after reports that two people were trapped in the mud and unable to get to safety.

On arrival at the seafront to the left of the Grand Pier firefighters launched the AF&RS hovercraft. Working alongside HM Coastguard and paramedics, crews carried out a search of the area and found two males.

A teenage boy was suffering from exhaustion and unable to get to safety and an older male who was with him was trapped up to his knees.

Firefighters assisted them on board the AF&RS hovercraft and they were taken to the shoreline where they were checked over by ambulance crews. They were unharmed.

As there were many people in the area at the time, firefighters took the opportunity to search the area to see if others were in need of assistance.

They came across three males, aged in their 20s, who were also taken to safety. They were not hurt.

A woman, thought to be eight months pregnant, her partner and a young girl aged around seven, were also assisted to safety. The woman was stuck up to her waist in the mud.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people to take care when out and about enjoying the North Somerset coastline. The tide can turn very quickly and soon result in someone becoming trapped in the sinking mud.

Always make sure someone knows where you are going and when you will be back, don’t venture out too far and check the tide times.