Published: April 10, 2011
Brean police coax 'distressed' man from sea amid welfare concerns

Mounting concern for the welfare of a fully clothed man in the sea at Brean caused a major rescue operation for Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards, police, ambulance and lifeboat crews this afternoon (Sunday, April 10th).

A police helicopter also hovered overhead after the 'distressed' man was spotted by Brean's beach warden in neck-deep water some distance from the shore.

After a brief stand-off, three police officers coaxed the middle-aged man out of the water and up the beach, as pictured, where he was treated by ambulance crews.

Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard Officer Dave Welland told "There was a lot of concern for his welfare so, as a precaution, no effort was spared in reaching him."

"He was encouraged out of the water by the police and taken away by the ambulance crew for a check-over."

He added that despite this weekend's warm weather, the sea temperatures at this time of the year are bitterly cold and hypothermic-like symptoms can set in.

The fully-clothed man, seen above in neck-deep sea water, was coaxed ashore by police officers

Emergency services at the scene of Sunday's incident on Brean beach

Burnham's lifeboat arrived on scene to assist in the operation


Coastguard website for Burnham-On-Sea
Lifeboats website for Burnham-On-Sea


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