safety warning after holidaymakers get stuck on Burnham beach
owners of this vehicle got a sinking feeling when their car became
stranded on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Monday evening (April 26th)
on the first night of their family holiday.
family, from Wolverhampton, were on their way to nearby Brean
to book in at Pontins holiday camp when they took a detour to
launch their jet ski from Burnham beach.
Ford Mondeo Estate's wheels sank into the soft sand and mud next
to the town's jetty at 5.20pm and the incoming tide quickly engulfed
Coastguards and rescue charity BARB were called to the scene to
check on the safety of the vehicle's owners, but nothing could
be done to save the vehicle due to the state of the 10.5m tide,
which peaked at 6.15pm.
tractor was used to pull the stricken vehicle out of the soft
sand once the tide had receded - in return for a donation to the
charity to cover its costs.
incident prompted a fresh warning about the danger of driving
on certain parts of the beach in the Burnham area.
spokesman Dave Bailey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The car's
owners were on their way to Pontins holiday camp in Brean and
were understandably distressed at what was happening to their
urge motorists to check the tide times and heights, and avoid
driving near soft sand or mud, if they intend to drive onto the
beach. Vehicles often get stuck on beaches in the Burnham area
several times a year."
tractor was called to help pull the vehicle off the beach in return
for a donation to the charity