February 26, 2011
of five rescued from car stranded on Brean beach
family of five people from Bristol were rescued by a hovercraft
and Coastguards on Saturday (February 26th) after getting stranded
on mudflats at Brean.
Burnham-On-Sea's Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft and two teams
of Coastguards were called to Brean beach at 4.10pm to help the
family, who were inside a vehicle trapped half a mile from the
rescue hovercraft, operated by Burnham charity BARB, flew out
to the Hyundai Tuckson to safely bring the couple and their three
children - aged 7, 4 and 2 - back to the beach.
They were checked over by Coastguards before BARB's tractor towed
the stranded vehicle from the mud.
Car owner Mike Freye, from Bristol, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I've driven here in the past and know the dangers, but was
amazed at how quickly the car just sank into the mud."
"I am hugely grateful to the emergency services who helped
us. We will be making a donation to BARB after what could have
been an expensive day trip to the beach ended happily."
Burnham Coastguard Ian Jefferies added: "This incident again
highlights the dangers of driving out into the mud - we hope that
this is not the first of further similar rescues during the year."
BARB Chairman Mark Newman said: "BARB's crew were happy
to help and were relieved that no-one was hurt in the incident.
It served as a timely reminder about staying clear from the mud
on our beaches."
Official BARB Web site
Burnham Coastguard Web site