June 7, 2015
Brean beach mudwalkers a mile from shore spark Coastguard call-out

Brean's 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.

A 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.

Beach 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."

The group - all in their 20s and visiting from Quedgeley near Gloucester - were walked to safety and received advice from Coastguards.

A 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."

It 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 the hovercrafts.

Pictured: Crews on the beach during Saturday's incident and, above, the Coastguard helicopter taking off


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