Shoreline protection with Avon's hovercraft.(News)(Avon Fire and Rescue Service)(Brief article)

The shoreline of Weston-super-Mare is set to gain extra protection following the launch of Avon Fire and Rescue Service's new hovercraft.

The hovercraft, which will cover an area of the shoreline from Brean Down to Sand Bay, is equipped to deal with a range of incidents including rescuing people who have became trapped in the mud and providing support to the area during times of inland flooding.

Watch Manager at Weston-super-Mare Fire Station Pete Coombs has been leading the project to bring a hovercraft to the area and is currently involved in training crews to use the vessel. This should be completed by the end of June, when the hovercraft is expected to be in full operation, in time for the busy summer season. …

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