beach mudwalkers a mile from shore spark Coastguard call-out
beachwarden called out Burnham-on-Sea's Coastguards and two BARB
rescue hovercrafts on Saturday (June 6th) amid concern for a group
of people wading across the mudflats.
Coastguard helicopter, which was already in the area on a training
session, also joined the incident on Brean beach when the group
of three young people was spotted almost a mile from the shore
with a fast incoming tide around them.
warden Dave Furber said: "They were too far out, wading through
the mud to try and reach the sea. With the tide coming in quickly,
there was a lot of concern for them."
group - all in their 20s and visiting from Quedgeley near Gloucester
- were walked to safety and received advice from Coastguards.
BARB spokesman said: "The incident serves as a fresh reminder
about the dangers of walking across the mudflats - the tide comes
in quickly and the mud here can be dangerous, so our advice is
to stay at the top of the beach and to check the tide times."
was the third incident in two days for BARB's volunteers, who
were also called to Weston beach on Friday evening when concern
for another group of mudwalkers led to Coastguards calling for
Crews on the beach during Saturday's incident and, above, the
Coastguard helicopter taking off