Published: August 25, 2011
New beach safety warning issued as 4x4 is rescued at Berrow

A 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.

The 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 "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


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