Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: June 2, 2008
Stranded vehicle pulled to safety by Burnham-On-Sea rescuers

A 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 tide.

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.

The vehicle's owner, Gary Butlin from Glastonbury, had got into difficulty while loading his yacht onto a trailer.

He 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."

Using 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.

BARB 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."

BARB, a 15-year-old Burnham charity, operates an inshore rescue boat, two hovercrafts and a rescue tractor.

Grateful for the help: Gary Butlin is pictured with his vehicle safely on the sea wall.


BARB Web site


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