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Prince Edward to visit Somerset

Prince Edward will visit Somerset in the coming weeks to see the volunteers who run Burnham on Sea’s BARB Search and Rescue.

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On Monday 9th June the Prince will be visiting the charity’s seafront headquarters where he will meet crew members and see the charity’s two life-saving hovercraft and inshore rescue boat.

His Royal Highness will hear all about the charity’s work during the recent Winter flooding’s on the Somerset Levels. They will also show the Prince plans they have in order to further develop the charity.

The visit was finalised by the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Lady Gass, last week when she visited Burnham.


BARB is a voluntary search and rescue service operating from a base at Burnham on Sea, Somerset. It mainly operates hovercraft but also has an inshore rescue boat. Burnham on Sea is on the shore of the Bristol Channel and has a long sandy beach, however mudflats and sandbanks nearby have claimed several lives over the years.

BARB Chairman, Mark Newman said, “We are delighted and honoured to be welcoming the Prince back to Burnham, five years after his last visit. He has showed a great deal of interest in BARB’s work and we look forward to telling him our plans for the future”.

Prince Edward is not the only Royal to have met volunteers of BARB. While visiting the Somerset Levels in February after the devastating floods, Prince Charles met volunteers from the charity to thank them for providing support in the worst hit areas.

BARB Search and Rescue is a registered charity that is run entirely by volunteers. It has helped and rescued hundreds of people over the past 21 years.

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