Published: May 24, 2009
Stranded van swamped by incoming tide on Burnham-On-Sea beach

A big rescue attempt to try and save this stranded vehicle took place on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday evening (May 24th).

The van's wheels became stuck in soft sand and mud near the town's jetty at 6.10pm, prompting a call-out for rescue charity BARB.

Its crewmembers used a tractor, winches and ropes to try and tow the vehicle to safety, but they were unable to pull it fully free.

A man who was inside the van at the time it got stuck (pictured below) managed to scramble free through a passenger window.

The van - which was being used to take away a jet ski - was later recovered from the beach using BARB's tractor after the high tide at around 9.30pm. Click here for online video of this incident.

The incident follows a series of vehicle rescues during recent weeks. A stranded van was successfully pulled out of the mud by BARB at Berrow on May 9th. Last month, a boat and trailer were towed to safety by BARB on Brean beach. In March, a car was lost at Brean, and in February, a quad bike was pulled out of the mud on Burnham-on-Sea beach.

A man who was inside the stranded vehicle managed to scramble through a window

BARB's tractor was called to the scene to try and pull the van free

Large crowds of seafront walkers watched the incident unfold along The Esplanade

The van's owners tried various methods to try and free it from the mud

The van had been brought onto the beach to take away this jet ski

Spectators watched the incident unfold from the sea wall

The van was completely engulfed by the incoming tide

The van got stuck in the water mid-way down the beach

After the high tide, the 'washed' vehicle was pulled onto the slipway

Click here for online video of this incident

Photos courtesy of / Keith and Claire Gough


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