man rescued from mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach
person has been rescued after getting stuck in mud on Burnham-On-Sea
Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were called out at 2.20pm
on Wednesday (July 12th) to help a man stranded near the jetty.
RNLI lifeguards - who have just begun their summer patrols in Burnham
- spotted the man was in difficulty and raised the alarm.
lifeguards shouted to him to remain still from the hard sand before
contacting the Coastguard.
Coastguard spokesman said: "We arrived on scene, along with
a BARB hovercraft, and set up for a technical mud rescue. along
with Weston Coastguards who were tasked."
mud technicians pulling stretchers were then sent out to the man
who wasn't very far off the sand and discovered him stuck around
the stretchers as working platforms they quickly managed to free
the man who had been doing some fishing related activities."
had been along the same part of the beach for the last couple of
days and it had been hard and easy to walk on, today it had shifted
and he broke through the crust and sank."
Coastguard techs got him to stand on the stretcher and made a walking
platform, shuffling them along in turn until he was back on the
hard sand, where he made his way off for a good wash down."
is a great example of how the landscape of the beach changes, not
just weekly or monthly but with each and every tide."
safe area one tide can be soft and sticky the next. Always take
care while on the beach, even experienced beach users such as this
chap can be caught out."
lifeguards did a great job of communicating with the person and
did the right thing in calling it in - they are not equipped to
rescue people from the mud so their actions were spot on."
always working with these different teams and assets is a pleasure."