Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: April 17, 2008
Stranded Burnham-On-Sea fire engine pulled to safety on beach

Three tractors were used to retrieve a trapped fire engine on Berrow Beach, near Burnham-On-Sea, on Thursday evening (April 17th) after it became stranded in soft sand.

Burnham-based rescue charity BARB was called to help free the Devon and Somerset fire engine after its wheels sank into deep sand near the top of the beach after its crew tackled a reed bed fire south west of Berrow Church.

Two tractors from Brean Farm and Northam Farm were also called to the scene and they worked with BARB's rescue tractor to pull the stranded vehicle free at around 6.30pm.

The incident follows a spate of similar incidents on local beaches in recent weeks when vehicles have become stuck.

On Sunday April 13th, BARB came to the aid of an ambulance crew when their vehicle became stuck in soft sand. On April 5th, a family of three was rescued at Brean when their 4x4 vehicle became trapped in mud, requiring Burnham's Spririt Of Lelaina hovercraft as help. And last month BARB came to the rescue of a quad bike stuck in mud on Burnham beach. Earlier this week, an ice cream van also became stuck on Burnham beach and needed to be pulled free.

BARB Chairman Mark Newman said: "It has been a very busy few weeks of vehicle incidents for BARB's 24-hour crews."

"The fire crew were simply unlucky, however we would advise other motorists to take special care when driving along local beaches, avoiding soft sand and mud given the current conditions."

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


Burnham-On-Sea Hovercraft Web site
BBC Online coverage of this incident


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