June 2, 2008
vehicle pulled to safety by Burnham-On-Sea rescuers
car was hauled from the sea by a team of rescuers in Burnham-On-Sea
on Monday evening (June 2nd) after its owner misjudged the fast-incoming
Volunteers from Burnham-based rescue charity BARB were called
to the beach at 6pm to pull the stranded vehicle onto the steps
of Burnham's sea wall to avoid it being swamped by the tide.
vehicle's owner, Gary Butlin from Glastonbury, had got into difficulty
while loading his yacht onto a trailer.
said: "I'd completely misjudged the time and height of the
tide. I am very grateful to BARB for coming to my help so quickly.
Their swift response here saved my car."
a long length of rope, six BARB crewmembers and two members of
the public pulled the Ford estate from the soft sand and the vehicle
was later able to be driven away undamaged later in the evening
when the tide receded.
Deputy Operations Manager Alan Humphries said: "Old-fashioned
people power was used to pull the vehicle free since the height
of the tide meant it was not safely possible to use a tractor
on this occasion. We were happy to help."
a 15-year-old Burnham charity, operates an inshore rescue boat,
two hovercrafts and a rescue tractor.
for the help: Gary Butlin is pictured with his vehicle safely
on the sea wall.