BOTH the RNLI and the police helped search for a missing person at a marshland near Bridgwater on Sunday, May 12.

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers were paged at 9:35pm to reports of a missing person in the area of Steart Marshes.

Less than 20 minutes later, the local lifeboat station had launched its Atlantic-85 and D-Class Lifeboats, which sped to the scene to begin the search.

The larger Atlantic boat carried a large crew including a helm and navigator, with a further four volunteers on the smaller D-Class boat.

Both boats begun shoreline searches from the positions issued on the tasking from Milford Haven Coastguard.

Around 40 minutes into the search, good news came over the radio that the person had been found by police searching toward the westerly end of Steart Marshes.

D-Class Helmsman Marc added: “We train regularly for low light Search and Rescue operations, and this shout showed great efforts by both volunteer crews who were on scene in minutes following the call coming in.”