April 29, 2006
boat stranded in mud at the end of Burnham-On-Sea's jetty
fishing boat has become the latest victim of Burnham's treacherous
mud after getting stranded at the end of the town's jetty.
owner Gerald Smith, from Bristol, said he misjudged the tide when
his boat ran aground and became stuck in the thick mud next to
the southern end of the jetty at around 12.30pm on Saturday (April
called on the help of tractor owner Simon Stroud, who is secretary
of Burnham's Boat Club.
crowd of onlookers gathered on the jetty to watch the 'rescue'
unfold, but after more than an hour of trying to pull the boat
up the beach without success, the group decided to leave the craft
to refloat on the evening tide.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Unfortunately, I misjudged the
tide by just 15 minutes and came in on the wrong side of the jetty,
which led to the problems."
boat was refloated later in the day, just after 6pm, when it was
freed from its mud trap.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident on Saturday morning, a family
of four holidaymakers was helped back to shore in Burnham Bay
after the outboard motor on their boat suffered mechanical problems.
The boat was towed back to the jetty by a local jet skier, as