SAVING LIVES IN SOMERSET SINCE 1992

About Us

BARB operates life-saving hovercraft and rescue boats.

BARB Search & Rescue – which was formed in 1992 as Burnham Area Rescue Boat – has a great team of dedicated of local volunteers who operate our hovercraft and inshore rescue boats. We have saved hundreds of lives in Somerset and are on call 24-hours a day. We rely on your donations to keep our independent charity running.

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MUD RESCUES

Our rescue hovercrafts are on-call 24/7 to attend a wide variety of incidents along the Somerset coastline.

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PEOPLE SEARCHES

Our team works closely with Police, HM Coastguard and other agencies to help with missing people searches.

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FLOOD RELIEF

Our trained water rescue volunteers are on-call 24/7 to help with flooding incidents across the region.

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HOVERCRAFT

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RESCUE VEHICLES

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WATER CRAFT

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Meet The Team

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BARB is run by a friendly, dedicated group of volunteers who are committed to life-saving along the Somerset coastline.

The crew meet each week at their seafront-based station to train and ensure their life-saving equipment is maintained to a high standard.

None of the crew or anyone connected with BARB, the charity that runs the hovercraft, is paid for the work they do – so every penny that is raised for the organisation gets directed into saving lives.

The History Of BARB

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1992

BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) was Founded
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1994

BARB Station was built with help froma BBC TV Show
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2002

Lelaina Hall Tragedy
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2003

Spirit of Lelaina Hovercraft Launches