car emerges from mud on Brean beach after three tides
owner of this car will be getting a sinking feeling that it will
never be retrieved after being engulfed by the incoming tide at
first reported here by
Burnham-On-Sea.com, crews from Burnham Coastguards and BARB Search
& Rescue were called to Brean beach at 11.55am on Sunday after
the beachwarden initially raised the alarm, seeing the vehicle stuck
five people inside the Honda Jazz were led to safety by rescuers,
but the vehicle could not be saved before the rapidly-incoming tide
then, three tides have covered it and the vehicle is gradually sinking
deeper and deeper into the soft sand and mud," a local resident
vehicle was seen at the beach on Monday but it was not equipped
to pull the vehicle out of the mud.
issued a warning following the incident, urging motorists to stay
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 since this was the safest
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. Thankfully 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.