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Flare used in vulnerable person search

Mudflats

Illuminating flares have been used to search for a vulnerable person at Weston-super-Mare.

Coastguards, RNLI crews and emergency and rescue teams deployed flares in the night-time search for a vulnerable person on the mudflats of Weston Bay, in North Somerset.

The multi-agency exercise involved Burnham and Clevedon Coastguard Rescue Teams, Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) Search and Rescue team and hovercraft, RNLI Weston Lifeboat Station, Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Avon and Somerset Police and Beach Rangers.

During low tide, the BARB hovercraft searched the mudflats, while coastguards examined the dunes and upper beach.

The RNLI used flares to light the tide line, to ensure they had good visibility.

The rescuers did not spot anyone and were confident that they would have seen them, if they were still in the area.

A spokesperson for Weston-super-Mare Coastguard Rescue Team says, “Incidents like this show why all the training we do in our spare time is so important. Whilst each asset offers a different service when it comes to the crunch, we all work together as one big team.”

The Information and image is courtesy of the Weston-Super-Mare Coastguard Rescue Team Facebook page. The picture is a stock image of a rescue exercise on the Weston mudflats.

Nov 29, 2018