Hovercraft called in action

Uphill Beach, Links Road, Uphill, Weston-super-Mare

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) were notified by the coastguard of a man, believed to be in his 40s, who was trapped by mud on Uphill Beach, Weston-super-Mare.

Crews from Weston-super-Mare and Bedminster fire stations attended, including AF&RS’s hovercraft.

The coast guard informed AF&RS that the tide had just turned and was now rising. The man was trapped in mud approximately 100 metres from the beach.

The hovercraft allowed crews to safely approach the man and rescue him from the mud. He was then returned to the beach where crews passed him over to the care of the ambulance service.

Watch Manager Roy Kennedy from Weston station said “The tide was incoming and he was exhausted, most likely hypothermic and would not have made it back to shore without assistance/rescue. It was a good job that someone spotted him.”