April 12, 2009
submerged by incoming tide is rescued by tractor in Burnham
owner of this van got a sinking feeling on Easter Sunday morning
(April 12th) when he became stranded in soft sand besides Burnham-On-Sea
wheels of fisherman Mark Draper's van got stuck at 7.30am, and
within a matter of minutes the vehicle had been swamped by the
incoming tide, as pictured here.
tractor from Burnham Boat Owners Association was called to the
scene and a winch was used to pull the stricken vehicle free.
Stroud, the club's secretary, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
van's wheels got stuck while Mark was trying to launch his boat
for a day's sea fishing."
morning's tide was a high Spring one, so it came in very quickly
and the water level reached the top of the van's windows before
we managed to pull it free."
is a long-standing member of the club and he was just unlucky.
We were happy to help him. He still went off for his day's fishing,
so I hope it was worth it!"
crowd of early morning walkers watched from the seafront as the
drama took place on the jetty below.