rescued from stranded car by Burnham Coastguards and BARB
family of four people was rescued after getting stranded in a car
on Brean beach on Sunday afternoon (September 10th).
Search & Rescue and Burnham Coastguards were called to the beach
at 4.45pm where the Ford's wheels had sunk into soft sand a quarter
of a mile down the beach.
alarm was initially raised by beach warden Dave Furber and crews
were quickly on scene to help.
children and an adult were carried to safety by members of Burnham-On-Sea
Coastguard's Mud Team, assisted by BARB's volunteers.
the state of the fast-incoming tide, a nearby Brean farmer was called
in to help free the vehicle.
securely attached its safety ropes to the vehicle before the tractor
pulled the vehicle free.
Coastguard Officer Dave Welland told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "A
call was initially received from the beach warden who was initially
concerned that a vehicle was stranded in the mud."
was initially unknown whether there were still passengers inside,
but when it became clear that there were, a team of Coastguards
was sent alongside BARB."
Coastguard Mud Technicians with stretchers walked out to the car
to remove the three children and an adult inside."
"As it happened the sand was good all the way up to the car
- the sand only gave way to the weight of the car. We assisted the
family out of the car and helped to bring the children back to the
safety of the beach."
local farmer was also contacted and his tractor was used to tow
the vehicle from the mud before the incoming tide could reach it."
added: "We always suggest that motorists stay on the hard sand
at the top of the beach. The occupants did the correct thing in
staying in the vehicle until help arrived to safely rescue them."
BARB hovercraft was also taken by road to Brean Beach during the
incident, but was not required to launch on this occasion.
farmer Richard Bigwood brought his tractor onto the beach to assist
in the recovery of the vehicle.
securely attached its ropes to the vehicle and the tractor then
pulled the stricken vehicle out of the mud before the tide was able
to reach it. The
car owner made a donation to BARB for its time.
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