Coastguards lead three people to safety from mudflats
Three young people were led to safety from the mudflats
at Brean by Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards on Monday evening (August
30th) after getting into difficulty.
called out Burnham's BARB rescue hovercrafts, two lifeboats and
a helicopter at 7.15pm after a beach warden reported concern for
the trio, who were on the water's edge several hundred metres
from the shore next to Brean Down.
three people - aged 23, 14 and 12 from Bridgwater and North Petherton
- had not responded to calls from the beach warden to come back
from the water's edge despite being in knee-deep mud with a fast-incoming
tide around them," Burnham Coastguard Officer Ian Jefferies
of the youngsters' family was frantic with worry and, given the
incoming tide and falling light, this was a potentially very serious
members of the Burnham Coastguard mud rescue team waded out to
the trio and guided them back across the mudflats to the safety
of the beach.
Spirit of Lelaina and Light of Elizabeth hovercrafts were both
driven by road to the scene and were ready to launch on the beach.
Burnham RNLI lifeboats were stood down soon after launching, as
was a rescue helicopter from Portland.
three young people were guided back across the mudflats by Coastguards
Burnham's rescue hovercrafts were quickly on scene, ready to launch
incident was monitored by a concerned beach warden on the beach
RNLI's D-Class lifeboat being taken up Pier Street to launch
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