for new warning signs on Burnham-On-Sea jetty after safety scare
safety warning signs are needed on Burnham-On-Sea's jetty to avoid
people putting their lives at risk following a new safety scare,
it has been claimed this week.
resident Mark Whitcombe has called on Sedgemoor District Council
to do more to spell out the safety dangers after seeing several
groups of young people putting themselves at risk earlier this week.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I'd cycled to Burnham for the evening
and no sooner had I arrived than there were kids and children walking
up to the edge of the incoming tide on the slipway where we have
sadly lost a child before."
as I was about to leave, a family from up country with around eight
kids no older than 10 years ran down to the slipway screaming lets
go for a swim and, to my absolute shock, they meant it too."
a parent of two young children I had to step in and try to stop
the mum and dad came down the slipway 20 seconds later and I explained
the dangers of these waters. Thankfully the parents understood as
they had no idea of the dangers and our very fast flowing strong
my shock another two young children on holiday no older than six
decided to try and get into the mud near the tide edge just left
of the slipway. How many more near misses do we need before something
very bad happens?"
Whitcombe added: "Why is it there are no signs warning of the
extreme tide flow anywhere near the slipway mid-section except at
the top? Why are there no barriers that can be placed across the
slipway warning do not pass?"
is very obvious is the kids and the parents had no idea whatsoever
of the dangers of the slipway, but whos to blame? Is it them
for not reading the signs that are there, or the council for not
stopping these people completely from using the slipway when unmanned
from the lifeguards."
District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun responded to Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "We have gone to great lengths to put as many information
signs as possible up at Burnham-on-Sea warning of the various dangers."
added: "On the jetty surface, about half way down, there are
painted warning signs. We do have signs on the beach, warning of
danger, but these are very much at the mercy of tides and do get
washed away in high tides."
cannot put barriers up at the top of the jetty when there are not
beach staff on duty, as it is used as a launch ramp for emergency
services such as the Coastguard, RNLI and BARB."
warnings were painted onto the jetty in 2013, as reported
here, after four year-old Dylan Cecil died after being swept
into the sea, but some of the warnings are no longer fully visible.
warning system for jetty staff to call back people in danger
was installed in 2013. A
safety barrier was also introduced in 2007, as reported
here, but it has since been removed.
with immediate concerns about the safety of people along the coastline
or on the jetty should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.