leads to multiple beach call-outs for Burnham-On-Sea crews
Coastguards and BARB hovercraft teams were called out multiple times
on Saturday (June 30th) as the heatwave led to extra people flocking
to local beaches.
were called to Brean four separate times on Saturday for incidents
involving people enjoying the hot weather.
first call-out came when a member of the public at a caravan park
in Brean spotted a teenage boy in difficulty in mud on the tideline,
was reported to Coastguards and we were tasked to assist the person
back to safety alongside BARB's hovercrafts," said a Burnham
we arrived on scene we liaised with the beach wardens and two of
our mud techs kitted up ready for any rescue. They walked out a
short distance in shallow mud and managed to direct the young lad
inwards and back to safety," said a Coastguard spokesman.
incident unfolded when a group of three people was seen walking
along the base of Brean Down with one person being carried out in
the tide was turning there was a real risk of being cut off if they
had they continued all the way around the base," said a Coastguard
hovercraft was tasked with flying out to the people, while Coastguards
went up onto the top of Brean Down to make contact.
we were doing so, they popped back into view and were making their
way back to the beach after deciding against the lengthy walk to
the end of the Down," said a spokesman.
the crews began to return to Burnham, a third incident was called
in from a beach walker reporting five girls in the mud on Brean
beach. Once again, BARB and the Coastguards made their way back
to the hot, busy beach. Fortunately, after a quick visual scan of
the tideline, the crews concluded that no-one was in any difficulty.
a fourth incident was reported minutes later when a man and his
dog had got into difficulty in the mud next to Brean Down, as pictured
mud technicians kitted up ready for any rescue," said a Burnham
Coastguard spokesman. "While they were doing this a close visual
watch was kept on the person who was struggling in some quite sticky
dog was also having difficulty making its way through the soft mud.
They were not far off of the base of the Down and were heading towards
the harder rocks."
this in mind, our plan of action changed and we sent two team members
in lifejackets along the base of the Down to assist him." The
BARB hovercraft was on standby on the beach.
both the man and his dog were back on safe ground we were once again
stood down and had another attempt at returning to station."
remember if the tide is out do not try and reach it, mud flats are
exposed at low tide and can be sticky. If you see anyone in difficulty
don't delay, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Thanks to BARB
for assisting us."