BARB Search & Rescue

Saving lives across Somerset for 25 years

BARB operates life-saving hovercrafts and rescue boats

BARB Search & Rescue - which was formed in 1992 as Burnham Area Rescue Boat - has a great team of dedicated of local volunteers who operate our hovercrafts and inshore rescue boats. We have saved hundreds of lives in Somerset and are on call 24-hours a day. We rely on your donations to keep our independent charity running. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and

Mud rescues

Our rescue hovercrafts are on-call 24/7 to attend a wide variety of incidents along the Somerset coastline 

People searches

Our team works closely with Police, HM Coastguard and other agencies to help with missing people searches 

Flood relief

Our trained water rescue volunteers are on-call 24/7 to help with flooding incidents across the region 

Support BARB's life-saving work

As an independent charity, we rely on your donations


Could you volunteer for us?

BARB is always on the look out for dedicated volunteers to help us with a wide variety of roles from crewmembers to fundraising. Get in touch with us by email for more details