Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset

Published: April 12, 2006
Range Rover driver gets that sinking feeling on Brean Beach!

The owners of this Range Rover were said to be "distraught" on Wednesday after their vehicle dramatically became the latest victim of the thick mud along Brean beach.

Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea were called, but there was nothing they could do to save the trapped vehicle, which was worth more than £5,000.

Its owners, from Weston-super-Mare, had foolishly ignored warning signs and driven almost a half mile out into the mud when disaster struck and the wheels began to sink, trapping it.

With a fast incoming tide, the race was on to save the vehicle - but on this occasion the sea won and the vehicle disappeared under the waves. When it emerged later in the day - at low tide - it had sunk further into the mud.

A Burnham Coastguard spokesman said the owners were both safe and unharmed - though shocked - by the incident.

The vehicle is due to be pulled out of its watery grave over the next few days by a local garage, although several locals believe they will have a tough job on their hands - and beach wardens may have to use a digger to extract it.

The incident comes just days after the drivers of an Audi had a lucky escape on Burnham beach when it too briefly became stuck in the mud. Fortunately, Coastguards were able to pull it free on that occasion.

And even on Wednesday afternoon (April 12th), a builder's truck briefly became stuck in mud near Maddock's Slade on Burnham beach. It too was pulled free.

RELATED LINKS:

Car pulled from sea after getting stuck on Burnham beach
Stranded 4x4 vehicle pulled from mud near beach lighthouse
Landrover and jet ski rescued from mud
Safety tips for using Burnham, Brean and Berrow beaches

 


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