Avon Hicks Gate 180Crews from Avon FRS' Red Watch Weston-super-Mare teamed up with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for an exercise to test their response to an incident in the water in North Somerset.

'Exercise Muddy Waters' took place at at Uphill Beach and involved a number of live ‘casualties’ in need of rescue from the Bristol Channel.

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AF&RS Group Manager, Malcolm Hawthorn, said: "When we receive a call to someone in need of rescue from the North Somerset coastline we need to work closely with the RNLI and HM Coastguard to ensure we get the best possible results.

"We will be testing our co-working and our methods of transferring casualties along with our communications methods and equipment so that in the event of a real emergency we are ready to respond."

RNLI crews assisted the ‘casualties’ from the water and firefighters used the Service’s hovercraft to take them up the beach to dry land.

Liam McDermott, Senior Volunteer Helmsman at Weston-super-Mare RNLI Station added: "We often work with the fire and rescue service when someone is in trouble. Training such as this, involving our lifeboats and the fire and rescue service’s hovercraft, can make sure we are all aware of how we can work together to save lives at sea."