Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard rescues three
from Brean Down fort
Coastguards rescued three people at Brean Down late on Sunday
evening, May 22, after they had become trapped by the incoming
35-year-old male from Gloucester and two boys, aged 8 and 10,
got into difficulties at Howe Rock at the Western end of Brean
Down after venturing out onto the gun turret during a fishing
trio soon realised they had misread the tide table when they were
unable to get back across a gully onto the mainland.
shouted and waved to attract the attention of a walker at nearby
Brean Fort, who alerted the emergency services using a mobile
Coastguards were called to the incident and a team of eight officers
were on the scene soon after 20:00 hours.
Officer Steve Bird said: "Using ropes, two of our cliff rescuers
managed to get across to the rock and help the casualties to safety."
Bird added: "They thought they might be able to wait the
tide out, but it was quickly getting dark and the tide was already
back on the mainland, the three were checked over by Coastguard
officers and released, having been unharmed.
similar incident occurred at Howe Rock in August 2004 when a man
fell down a gully and seriously
injured both his legs.
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