wading through mud a mile from shore at Brean spark safety scare
two children seen wading through mud to reach the sea more than
a mile from the shore at Brean sparked a big safety scare on Bank
beach warden called Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards after the youngsters
were spotted struggling through mud while paddling in the sea next
to Brean Down.
warden Mandy Furber told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The two children
were a mile out and were putting themselves in a lot of danger by
wading out across the mud to reach the sea."
several attempts to call them back, they did not respond, and were
in a dangerous part of the beach."
mother, who was visiting from London, said she was unaware of the
danger and felt the children were fine, even though there are many
beach safety warning signs and leaflets are handed out to visitors."
member of the public went out to reach them and bring them back
and the Coastguards were stood down, but it could have been serious.
They could have got stuck on an incoming tide and we are keen to
raise safety awareness."
Coastguard spokesman added: "Our team was asked to respond
to a call from the Brean beach warden. There were two children quite
far out by the tideline who were causing concern. The beach warden,
after being unable to hail them, spoke to the parents, who were
probably unaware of the dangers their children faced and said they
were tasked to give the beach warden some support and explain the
dangers of the beach, since sometimes coming from a different perspective
this can diffuse the situation and bring about a quick and friendly
end to the incident. When we arrived on station we spoke to our
Milford Haven Coastguard Operations Room and were informed that
the family had left the beach and we could stand down."
remember if you visit the beach, the wardens and lifeguards are
there for your safety and will help if you need it. If you are approached
by them please listen for any instruction as it will be for safety
The children seen paddling far out on Brean beach on Monday