SAVING LIVES IN SOMERSET SINCE 1992

  • BARB’s team of volunteers was called out by Coastguards to the seafront near Burnham Yacht Club at 12.21pm to assist in a medical incident where a child had suffered a head injury in a fall down the s

  • Our volunteers were called out at 5.50pm to Berrow beach by Coastguards where a girl was reported to have gone missing by her parents. The family group had been together and the youngster had walked o

  • BARB CALL-OUT #24: August 10. BARB’s volunteers were called out at 1.58pm to Brean beach by Coastguards where the beachwarden had reported a lady stuck in knee-deep mud. She had attempted to help her

  • The BARB team was called out by Coastguards at 4.48pm to Brean beach after reports of a family in difficulty in mud with the tide incoming nearby. Due to the potential seriousness of the incident foll

  • BARB’s volunteers were called at 17:06 to assist Avon and Somerset Police with searching for a missing person. Thankfully as our teams were just about to start their search instructions, the person wa

  • A late night call-out for BARB’s volunteers when the team was called to Brean at 11.08pm on Saturday night by Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team alongside the RNLI and the Coastguard helicopter, following

  • BARB’s volunteers were called at 6.11pm to assist Burnham Coastguards with an incident on Brean beach. Two adults were reported by the beach warden to be struggling in mud with an incoming tide nearby

  • BARB’s volunteers were called at 3.37pm to assist Burnham Coastguards with an incident on Burnham beach. A mobility scooter user had got stuck in mud near the low lighthouse and, after the lady had be

  • An early wake-up call for BARB’s volunteers today at 3.36am when we were tasked by Coastguards with searching for a missing person on Brean beach. The person was reported to be in difficulty in the mu

  • BARB’s volunteers were called to Weston beach on Monday by Coastguards amid concern for a dog walker and his pet. The dog had run off into the mud and had been struggling near the tideline at low tide

  • Our team was called out by Coastguards at 2.15pm today to Burnham beach where a lady was stuck knee-deep in mud near the Pavilion while reaching her dog. The RNLI Lifeguards had spotted the lady and a

  • Our team was called out at 2.50pm today to Berrow where the beach warden had reported a car stuck in soft sand at the top of the beach. Our crew used spades and waffle boards before towing the VW Tour

  • Our team was called out at 9am today to Berrow beach after several walkers dialled 999 for the Coastguard amid concern for the welfare of a man who was seen wading across the mudflats in an attempt to

  • The team was called out at 5.27pm to Brean beach when the beach warden reported a car was stuck in soft sand at the top of the beach. Our crew used spades and waffle boards before towing the Audi free

  • Our volunteers were called out to Brean beach at 5.45pm to assist Coastguards in the search for a missing child. Our team of 20 is often deployed during searches like this to quickly boost numbers on

  • Our volunteers were called out to Brean beach for a second time of the day, at 7.29pm, when the beach warden reported a car was stuck in soft sand at the top of the beach. Our crew used spades and waf

  • Our team was called out by Brean’s beach warden at 12.49pm to assist the driver of a Ford Fiesta car whose vehicle had become stuck on a footpath in soft sand. The driver, who was unfamiliar with the

  • Our team was tasked to Brean beach at 4.08pm to assist Burnham Coastguards after concerns were raised by the beach warden about three children wading through mud. The warden had spotted the three girl

  • BARB’s volunteers were tasked with assisting Burnham and Weston Coastguards when three people were reported to be potentially stranded in kayaks on the north side of Brean Down. BARB’s hovercrafts wer

  • BARB’s hovercrafts were called out at 5.19pm by Coastguards to help two persons attempting to reach the sea at low tide on Berrow beach. They had been seen by a beach walker heading out past the

  • BARB was called out at 12.07pm to reports of a dolphin stranded on the beach at Brean. After consulting with HM Coastguard and Brean’s beachwarden, BARB sent several of its trained Marine Mammal Medic

  • BARB crew was called out at 12.56pm today to a car stranded on the beach at Brean. A small group of our volunteers quickly freed the vehicle using spades and other equipment.

  •   BARB’s crews were called out by HM Coastguard at 12.53pm to help with a medical evacuation on Brean Down. The team headed to Brean Down where a walker had slipped on wet ground and suffered a s

  • A team of marine mammal medics from Burnham’s BARB Search & Rescue was called to a dolphin stranded on Sand Bay beach near Weston this morning. The six foot common dolphin had washed up on the hig

  • BARB was called out this morning by HM Coastguard after a child was reported to be stuck in knee-deep mud on Burnham beach near the Pavilion. Our volunteers took one of our hovercrafts to the beach re

  • BARB was contacted by Brean’s beach warden at 4.40pm to help a family whose campervan had become stranded at Brean Cove. Our volunteers headed to the scene in BARB’s trucks, all wearing PPE, after con

  • BARB’s volunteers were contacted by a walker to help a couple rescue their dog stuck in mud on Burnham beach. Our team, who were already at our seafront station for training, contacted the Coastguard

  • Our volunteers were called out at 7.16pm for an ‘immediate launch’ of our hovercraft by HM Coastguard following concerns about a woman in difficulty on Weston Beach. One of our hovercrafts was quickly

  • Our volunteers were tasked at 4.30pm to assist Burnham Coastguards with investigating a stranded dinghy with two people onboard on Stert Island. Our team quickly gathered at our seafront station and o

  • Our volunteers were tasked at 4.20pm to assist Weston and Burnham Coastguards with a person reported to be stuck in mud on Weston beach by the Grand Pier. Our team quickly gathered at our seafront sta

  • BARB’s crews were called out at 12pm by Coastguards to assist in the rescue of a young lady stuck in mud with an incoming tide on Brean beach. Our hovercraft was launched from Burnham beach and was qu

  • BARB’s crews were called out by Coastguards to assist the driver of a stranded ice cream van on Burnham beach. The vehicle’s wheels had sunk into the soft sand near the jetty after a heavy rain storm.

  • We were called out at 11.18am by HM Coastguard to assist in the search for a missing person. A vulnerable elderly person had been reported missing on the border of Berrow and Brean. Police units were

  • Our volunteers were called out by Coastguards at 8.02pm following a report from a beach walker that two children were stuck in mud on Brean beach with an incoming tide. Both our hovercrafts were immed

  • Our volunteers were called out by Coastguards at 2.30pm to assist in the rescue of two people stuck in mud at Brean. The two young ladies had been trying stand-up paddle boarding for the first time an

  • Two kayakers were flown to safety on BARB’s rescue hovercraft and Coastguards at Brean beach this afternoon. The beach warden raised the alarm at 2.45pm after spotting a man and woman in mud abo

  • Our volunteers were called to an ice cream van that was briefly stuck in mud on a local beach. Fortunately, the vehicle managed to self rescue as we were arriving.

  • Our volunteers were called out by Coastguards this morning at 11.43am following concern for a woman stuck in mud on Brean Beach with the sea incoming around her. This was a highly time-critical incide

  • BARB’s Marine Mammal Medics were contacted by Brean Parish Council’s beach manager at 10am regarding a mammal stranded on the tideline on the beach. BARB attended the scene and quickly found a porpois

  • Our volunteers were called to Brean Down at 1.50pm by HM Coastguard to join a multi-agency search for a missing person. Two teams of BARB volunteers were tasked with carrying out a foot search alongsi

  • Our volunteer crewmembers were called out at 2.55pm today to assist Coastguards in the rescue of a dog walker who was reported to be stuck in soft sand and mud on Burnham beach. BARB’s Spirit Of Lelai

  • Our crews were tasked at 5.22pm by Coastguards to reports of a person struggling in mud around the Knightstone area of Weston beach. One of BARB’s hovercrafts was sent immediately to the scene, alongs

  • Our crews were called out by Coastguards at 2.34pm amid concern for the welfare of several people in mud on Berrow beach. Our hovercraft launched from Burnham beach and flew along the coastline to Ber

  • BARB’s volunteer crewmembers were called out at 4.03pm by HM Coastguard following reports of a person in the mud in Weston bay spotted by the Weston Seafront Rangers. Two mud rescue technicians

  • ARB CALL-OUT #13: June 8th BARB’s volunteer crewmembers were called out at 4.38pm by HM Coastguard to search the tideline near Burnham’s low lighthouse after a report of ‘cries for help’ being h

  • Our volunteers were called out last night at 10.33pm to join Police, Coastguards and Weston RNLI in an extensive search of the coastline for a missing person, a 73-year-old man from Highbridge. Our te

  • BARB CALL-OUT #11: June 1st. Our crews were called out alongside Coastguards and the RNLI shortly after 8.30pm following reports of a dog in the sea and concern for the welfare of the owner near the l

  • Coastguards called out BARB’s team to Sand Bay at 5.43pm where a family was struggling in deep mud. One of our teams and a hovercraft was driven by road to Weston beach, ready to launch to fly around

  • Our volunteers were called out by HM Coastguard at 5.04pm today to Weston beach where a man was reported to be struggling in deep mud a long distance from the shore, having attempted to reach the sea

  • BARB CALL-OUT #08: May 24th. As our hovercrafts were returning from Call-Out #07 near Berrow Point they spotted a suspicious object located on the very low tide line near Stert Island which needed inv

  • Our crews were called to Brean beach at 1.37pm by HM Coastguard to reports of a ‘struggling kayaker’ in the mud. Both BARB’s hovercrafts were swiftly launched from Burnham beach and

  • BARB’s call-out to Berrow beach yesterday, alongside our colleagues from Burnham Coastguard, following reports of two people spotted in the mud.

  • After a long period with no call-outs while local beaches have been mainly quiet during the lockdown, BARB’s volunteers were called out at 12.37pm today by HM Coastguard to reports of two persons stuc

  • BARB’s flood rescue team was deployed to South Wales this afternoon where Storm Dennis has caused localised severe flooding of homes. The BARB team, which is a declared national asset, was called out

  • A walker stuck in waist-deep mud on Weston beach has been rescued by the BARB hovercraft working closely with Coastguards this afternoon. BARB’s crews were called out by Coastguards at 3.30pm when the

  • Our crews were called out at 5.35pm by Coastguards to assist with the medical evacuation of an injured dog walker on Berrow Beach. The lady had been pulled over near Berrow’s shipwreck by her dog and

  • Our volunteers were called out by Coastguards to investigate reports of a dog walker in potential difficulty on Burnham’s south beach. The owner’s pet had run out of sight across the mudflats at low t

  • Our volunteers were called out at 5.45pm by Coastguards to reports of two people stuck in mud during thick fog on Burnham beach near the low lighthouse. The two people had become disorientated during

  • Our volunteers were called out by Coastguards just before mid-day to reports of a walker in the sea, possibly cut off by the incoming tide on Burnham beach near the low lighthouse. BARB’s crew assiste

  • Our volunteers were called out by Coastguards at 9.54am this morning to assist in the search for a high-risk missing person between Brean and Berrow. As our crewmembers were kitting up ready to leave

  • Our crew were called out by Coastguards after two people and a dog were reported to have become surrounded by the incoming tide on Burnham’s south beach. Several of our crew – who were alr

  • Our volunteers had an early morning call-out today after Coastguards requested our assistance at 1.57am to assist in the search for a vulnerable missing person in Burnham. Our crews searched the seafr

  • Our crews were called out by HM Coastguard at 1.29pm to Uphill beach following a report from a walker of a suspicious object seen in the mud, possibly a person. As our crew were en route to Uphill we

  • Our volunteers were called out at 4.07pm to Brean beach at the request of the beachwarden after a 7.5 tonne horse box had become stuck in soft sand. The BARB crew drove to the stranded vehicle near to

  • Our volunteers were called out at 9.19am by Coastguards to assist in the search for a missing 56 year-old man in Weston Woods. Working closely with Police, Coastguards and other agencies, our crewmemb

  • BARB was called out at 9.29pm by HM Coastguard to reports of a person possibly in river water near the Clink in Bridgwater. Our water rescue technicians and other crewmembers were called out alongside

  • Our volunteers were called out at 2.10pm to Berrow Beach to assist in a search operation for a missing person reported to be in a ‘distressed state’. Our crew quickly arrived on scene with our hovercr

  • BARB’s volunteers were called out at 3.09pm to a stranded car stuck in soft sand on Burnham beach at the Maddock’s Slade entrance. The driver had asked a local resident if she could drive onto t

  • Our crews were called out by HM Coastguard to Brean beach amid concerns for the welfare of a man seen wading across the mudflats a long distance from the beach, with a fast-incoming tide nearby. Burnh

  • Our trained Marine Mammal Medics were called to Brean at 12.50pm following reports of a young porpoise being washed up on the tideline — the second over the past week. Our team headed to the beach and

  • Our crews were called out to a vehicle stuck on Burnham beach. BARB’s volunteers towed the vehicle to safety.

  • BARB CALL-OUT #40: Sep 5th. Our fully-trained Marine Mammal Medics were called to Brean beach at 11.48am after a report of a porpoise being washed up on the tideline. Our crew drove to the scene, betw

  • Our hovercraft was called out at 12.25pm by Coastguards to reports of a woman struggling through knee-deep mud on Brean beach. Our Spirit Of Lelaina 2 hovercraft was launched from Burnham beach and a

  • BARB CALL-OUTS #36, #37 & #38 August 19th, 25th & 26th: Our volunteers have been called out several times to assist with beach vehicle recoveries in recent days. Our crews were called out at 8

  • BARB’s volunteers were tasked by the Coastguard to help free a stranded car in mud on Brean beach. When we arrived on scene (after call-out #34) the car had been joined by a second vehicle which had a

  • Our volunteers were called to Brean Beach at 3.45pm to reports of a car stuck and, separately, 3 people struggling in mud. BARB’s hovercraft was launched and flew out the Burnham Coastguard Rescue Tea

  • Several of BARB’s fully qualified Marine Mammal Medics were sent to Brean Beach after reports of two porpoise being washed ashore on the beach. Our team made their way by road to the beach where they

  • BARB CALL-OUT #32: August 11th/12th: A multi-agency search operation was launched overnight to find a child reported to be missing in Berrow. BARB’s volunteers were called out alongside Burnham-On-Sea

  • As BARB’s crew was completing call-out #30 on Brean beach, we were tasked by Coastguards with providing safety cover during a separate incident. A group of three people in an inflatable dinghy were sp

  • A BARB crew was called out at 4.40pm by Brean’s beach warden to assist in recovering a vehicle stuck in soft sand at the top of the beach. The grateful motorist, who was visiting on a day trip from Br

  • Our crews were tasked to Uphill beach this evening at 10pm amid concern for the welfare of a person in mud alongside Weston-Super-Mare Coastguard Rescue Team, Clevedon Coastguard Rescue Team, RNLI and

  • Our inshore boat crew was called to a lake in Bridgwater to assist Secret World Wildlife Rescue with a wildlife rescue. A badly injured bird that was tied up in fishing line was successfully rescued f

  • Our volunteers were called out early today by Coastguards at 1:11 am to reports of a missing despondent male on Brean beach. BARB was tasked with assisting Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team and Avon and

  • BARB’s volunteers had an early start to the day this morning when we were called out at 5.31 am by Coastguards to assist with the search for a missing person. Our hovercraft was launched from Burnham

  • Our volunteers were called to Brean beach this evening at 6:21 pm by Burnham Coastguards amid reports that a horse was in difficulty in mud having run away from its owner. BARB sent its hovercraft and

  • Our crews were called to Brean beach at 7.39 pm by Coastguards after a car had become stranded in the sea by the incoming tide. The vehicle’s driver had been on a walk and was unaware that the s

  • Our crews were called out to help Coastguards and ambulance crews attending a person in difficulty on Burnham Beach near Maddock’s Slade. She had tripped while walking along the hard sand at the top o

  • Our volunteers were called out at 7.36 pm by Coastguards (on our second call-out of the night) to reports of a transit van stranded on Brean beach with a rapidly-incoming tide around it. BARB’s crew m

  • Our volunteers were called out by Coastguards at 5.39 pm today after reports of three people in difficulty in mud on Brean beach. As our crews were arriving at our seafront station, we received an upd

  • Our volunteers were called out this morning at 10 am after a horse got stuck in thick beach mud near Burnham’s low lighthouse. Coastguards from Burnham and Weston were called to the scene, along with

  • BARB’s crews were called out at 10.47 pm this evening (Saturday) alongside Burnham and Weston Coastguards and the RNLI to reports of a missing person, possibly stuck in quick sand on Brean beach. Both

  • Our volunteers were called out at 1.50 pm today to assist Coastguards and Police following concerns for the welfare of a despondent person on Burnham jetty. BARB’s Water Rescue Team was tasked with ba

  • Our volunteers were called out by Coastguards this morning after a walker was reported to be stuck in mud at Combwich. BARB’s hovercraft was launched from Burnham beach and then flew along the R

  • Our volunteers were called out by Coastguards early this morning (Sunday) at 1.20 am to reports of a person stuck in mud on Weston beach. As our hovercraft crews were about to leave Burnham, we receiv

  • Our volunteers were called out at 7.24pm to assist Coastguards with a search for a person who may have entered the sea. Our crews launched a torch-lit search of the tideline, sea wall and beach. We al

  • A ‪vehicle was recovered by our volunteers after it became stuck in soft sand on Brean beach. Our crews attached a line and pulled it to safety.

  • BARB’s volunteers were called out this afternoon to help a motorist whose vehicle had got stuck in mud and soft sand on Brean beach. Our crew was called at 2.50pm when Brean’s beachwarden