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Stuck car prompts rescue callout

Stuck car - image courtesy Burnham-on-Sea rescue hovercraft
The car was winched out of the mud later on Saturday.

An abandoned car discovered stuck in the mud almost one mile (1.6km) from the shore at Brean, Somerset, prompted the launch of a rescue hovercraft.

The alarm was raised after the vehicle was spotted on Saturday morning.

Burnham-on-Sea rescue hovercraft spokesman Mark Newman said there were concerns the car's occupants may be trapped in the car.

It later emerged the vehicle had become stuck late on Friday and had been covered by the overnight tide.

The Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft, operated by Burnham rescue charity BARB, was launched with two crew members onboard to ensure that no-one was still inside the car.

"The hovercraft flew out to the vehicle and the crew were able to quickly confirm that the occupants had escaped from the car, and this was relayed to coastguards," Mr Newman added.

The car was pulled out of the mud by a commercial vehicle recovery service from Weston-super-Mare.

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