May 24, 2009
van swamped by incoming tide on Burnham-On-Sea beach
big rescue attempt to try and save this stranded vehicle took
place on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Sunday evening (May 24th).
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.
crewmembers used a tractor, winches and ropes to try and tow the
vehicle to safety, but they were unable to pull it fully free.
man who was inside the van at the time it got stuck (pictured
below) managed to scramble free through a passenger window.
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.
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.
man who was inside the stranded vehicle managed to scramble through
tractor was called to the scene to try and pull the van free
crowds of seafront walkers watched the incident unfold along The
van's owners tried various methods to try and free it from the
van had been brought onto the beach to take away this jet ski
watched the incident unfold from the sea wall
van was completely engulfed by the incoming tide
van got stuck in the water mid-way down the beach
the high tide, the 'washed' vehicle was pulled onto the slipway
here for online video of this incident
courtesy of Burnham-On-Sea.com / Keith and Claire Gough