New beach safety
warning issued as 4x4 is rescued at Berrow
fresh warning has been issued to motorists driving on beaches
in the Burnham-On-Sea area after this stranded 4x4 had to be towed
to safety at Berrow on Thursday (August 25th) - the second vehicle
rescue in a week.
Beach wardens called on the help of Burnham-based rescue charity
BARB after a holidaymaker's Land Rover became stranded in mud
and soft sand several hundred metres down the beach.
BARB's crewmembers using a tractor to pull the vehicle free before
the tide could reach it, much to the relief of the grateful motorist
inside who gave the charity a donation to meet all its costs.
Land Rover owner, who asked not to be named, said: "I was
taken by surprise at how quickly my vehicle's wheels sank when
the beach changed from sand to mud. I was very relieved to see
BARB's crew help us."
BARB Operations Manager Mike Lowe told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
were pleased to pull the vehicle free. The incident serves as
a fresh warning to vehicle users about being extra careful when
driving on the beach by heading warning signs and not taking unnecessary
risks. We have a wonderful coastline that can be enjoyed by holiday
makers and locals alike if used sensibly."
Last week, a Sedgemoor District Council cleaning van also became
trapped on Burnham beach and required the assistance of BARB -
as reported here.
Official BARB Web site