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OUR SUCCESSEs Are possible Because Of You

About Us

BARB operates life-saving hovercrafts 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 hovercrafts 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.

Meet The Crew

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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 hovercrafts, is paid for the work they do – so every penny that is raised for the organisation gets directed into saving lives.

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Hovercraft Specifications

NAME The Spirit Of Lelaina

LENGTH 5.25m

WIDTH 2.5m

HOVERCRAFT TYPE BBV-6

CRUISING SPEED 25 knots over water

LIFT ENGINE 2 cyl v2 4st 20hp
DUCT 0.65m

THRUST ENGINE Rover 4 cly 113hp
DUCT 1.2m

HULL 2.5m x 5.25m

LIFT DIAMETER 0.6m

FUEL CONSUMPTION 0.5ltr nautical ml

FUEL CAPACITY 50ltrs

SEATING Five to six people

PAYLOAD 600k including pilot

BUILDER Magnus Ivanoff N. Stavsudda Handel AB

DESIGNER Bill Baker of BBV Hovercrafts

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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