Crews carry out sand hole collapse 'rescue' in Berrow dunes
were the scenes when more than 80 members of Burnham-On-Sea's rescue
services used their bare hands to dig out a 'casualty' from the
sand dunes at Berrow in a sand hole collapse exercise this week.
Coastguards, firefighters, BARB crewmembers, RNLI beach lifeguards,
ambulance staff and beachwardens took part in Wednesday night's
training exercise ahead of the summer holiday season.
event refreshed crewmembers on how to safely and quickly carry out
a rescue after a sand hole collapse, while also acting as a warning
dug into the beach or dunes can collapse and people become trapped
by sand, making it impossible to move, warn Coastguards. In severe
cases, the weight of the sand could restrict breathing so seriously
that it could be fatal.
Operations Officer Jon Kendray said: "We are not saying that
families should stop digging sand on local beaches, but we do advise
people to act responsibly and safely - not tunneling into sand dunes
or putting themselves at risk."
were thanked for taking part in the physically-draining exercise
during one of the warmest evenings of the year.
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