crew called to stranded car after driver's key is stolen
theft of a car key left the owner of this car in a precarious position
when it became stranded on a local beach with a fast-incoming tide
nearby on Sunday (September 9th).
Fisher had gone kite surfing in the sea off Brean Down on Sunday
afternoon and was shocked to find several items of kit and his car
key had been stolen on his return to Uphill beach.
was unable to get into his car, which was parked on the beach. And
with a fast-incoming evening tide, he faced a race against time
beachwarden alerted Coastguards who in turn called on the help of
Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue soon after 6.30pm.
team from BARB attached a winch and line onto the Skoda Octavia
and then worked with the beachwarden to free the vehicle in the
soft sand and begin pulling it up the beach, away from the fast-incoming
the tide began lapping at the wheels, the driver's mother arrived
with a spare key and he managed to drive it away just in time.
said: "I'm really grateful to the beachwarden and the team
from BARB for all their help."
said: "I have been kite surfing along this coastline for many
years and never have had anything stolen."
was a heart-stopping few minutes after the theft of my kit bag and
car key. I was really concerned."
spokesman said its volunteers had been happy to help. "The
driver is a knowledgeable beach user and was unfortunate to get
into difficulty after the theft of his key."
with information about the theft should contact Police on 101. Always
dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you see someone in difficulty
on local beaches.
Oliver Fisher with his mother Kristie after the incident