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Hovercraft rescues mudflats pair

The pair were taken to hospital after the rescue

A mother and daughter were rescued by hovercraft after becoming stranded in a dinghy on mudflats at Uphill, near Weston-super-Mare, on Tuesday.

The hovercraft was called by coastguards at 1500 BST after the pair were spotted by CCTV operators 1,000 metres from the shore.

The Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft was launched and found the pair already showing signs of hypothermia.

They were taken to hospital and are thought to be making a full recovery.

Hovercraft pilot Pete Emery said: "Within minutes we flew them back to the shoreline where they were taken to Weston General Hospital for treatment."

The pair, who are from the Weston area, had got into difficulties while trying to sail from Uphill to Brean Down across the fast-flowing-waters of the River Axe.

They had become stuck on the mudflats when the falling tide pulled their dinghy downstream.

Steve Perks, the hovercraft's operations manager added: "The Burnham hovercraft team reached the casualties in Weston in ss than 30 minutes after we received the call in Burnham. It was a very swift rescue."

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