warning as five are rescued from car lost to incoming tide at Brean
new beach safety warning has been issued after a trip to Brean beach
on Sunday turned into a nightmare when this car was engulfed by
the incoming tide.
from Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and BARB Search & Rescue were
called to Brean beach at 11.55am after the beachwarden initially
raised the alarm.
five people inside were led to safety, but the vehicle could not
be saved before the rapidly-incoming tide submerged it.
have issued a new warning, urging motorists to stay well clear of
soft sand and mud, and to check the tide times.
Dave Furber said: "They had driven down the beach to the tide
line to try and see the sea. When they hit the softer part of the
beach the car's wheels sank into the sand and mud and the vehicle
beachwarden contacted the Coastguard, and two teams from Burnham
Coastguard and BARB Search & Rescue were sent to help.
of the Coastguards made their way out to the vehicle to help the
family of five inside safely back up the beach. The tide was coming
in fast and the vehicle was such a long way that it was going to
be difficult to pull it free in time."
Spirit of Lelaina II rescue hovercraft flew to the scene and the
team assessed the viability of winching the vehicle free. "Due
to its angle and its distance from the hard sand it wasnt
safe for us to pull it free," said a BARB spokesman.
farmer used a tractor to try and reach it, but he also found the
terrain too difficult and had to abandon attempts, as pictured below.
vehicle was left to the incoming tide as this was safetest option
and all persons were out of danger."
Welland, Burnham Coastguard Officer, said: "The car's driver,
who is from Bristol, said that he'd driven on several beaches where
the sand was firm and assumed that all beaches were therefore the
Brean, there is only 3-4 inches of thin crust of sand before it
becomes mud. What may be firm to walk on will not be hard enough
to drive across."
car will now have two tides over it and the owner will face an expensive
recovery bill from a private company."
they only lost their car and we don't have five casualties."
the third vehicle this year that BARB has been called to on local
beaches. Two campervans were rescued in separate incidents on Berrow
beach last month, as Burnham-On-Sea.com reported here.
The stranded vehicle in the sea and, above, the tractor and crews
at the scene (photos Burnham Coastguard / BARB)