rescue drama in Burnham-On-Sea as mum and son are saved
people have been rescued after getting stuck in mud on Burnham-On-Sea
beach on Wednesday afternoon (February 28th).
and BARB crews were called out at 2.15pm after a mother and a young
boy became stuck in thick mud besides the town jetty with an incoming
crewmember David Whatley had raised the alarm after spotting them
A Burnham Coastguard spokesman said: "We arrived on station
and some members of BARB who were also tasked informed us of the
persons location and the immediate and increasing danger they were
quick time two Coastguard mud techs kitted up and the team set up
the rescue stretchers and equipment that we pull."
were setting up their walking platforms in case the plan changed.
In a dynamic situation like this it is always best to have multiple
plans in action."
swiftly, the two techs plucked the young child from the mud and
moved them to safety, and the mum who was trapped up to her knees
in some pretty sticky mud was then extracted by a little digging
around her feet and then leveraged free."
tide was just a few feet away at this point and BARB's members were
in full water rescue equipment and were on standby giving safety
freed, the pair were taken back to the Coastguard station where
they were warmed up and awaited an Ambulance to ensure they were
were just a few steps from safe ground and were shocked about how
quickly the ground changed, how stuck they had become and also how
fast it had sapped their energy."
having visited our beach before they didn't know that it was so
changeable and the fast incoming tide really frightened them."
real reflection of how beach safety is important whichever beach
you visit. These guys got caught out in an instance and we would
like to express that it was a a lucky escape, something the emotional
and very grateful family recognised."
whole job was over in a matter of minutes which then left us with
a freezing cold clean down. This proved more challenging than the
rescue, as fast as we could wash the equipment it froze."
always our advice is, if the tide is out do not follow it out past
the hard sand.
If you do get stuck try and spread your weight and call for assistance,
do not let others try and rescue you as they could become stuck
you or someone else can, Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguards. A
great multi-agency job and as always a great pleasure to work with
BARB and Ambulance."
family were freed from the mud and safely brought back to the hard
sand where they were checked over by an ambulance crew. BARB had
a team set up with mud rescue paths and drysuits.
Bayview Cafe also helped by taking several of the family inside
the cafe for warmth and giving them hot drinks whilst the rescue
of the mother and other child was taking place.
The dramatic rescue underway (Photos: David J Whatley)