July 3, 2011
Coastguards called to five incidents in 24 hours
Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were called to FIVE incidents in 24
hours during their busiest weekend of the year so far.
Saturday, the team were called to help people in difficulty on
the mudflats at Brean and Weston and also led a three-hour search
for a missing person between Burnham and Brean Down.
on Sunday afternoon, the Coastguard team also investigated several
reports of cries for help being heard by walkers on Brean Down.
full search of the northern slopes of Brean Down and part of the
River Axe estuary was carried out, assisted by lifeboats from
Weston, but no-one was found.
Coastguard Officer Steve Bird told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It
has been a very busy weekend for us, reflecting the good weather
and large number of visitors on beaches in the area."
"All five calls were made with good intent - and we would
always urge people to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard if they
have any suspicion of someone being in difficulty."
by Burnham-On-Sea.com on Saturday morning, the team successfully
found a missing man following a major search operation involving
16 people, including the volunteer team from BARB.
Saturday afternoon, they were called to back up Weston Coastguards
on a mud rescue and, whilst there, were called to watch over two
more people getting themselves out of difficulty. The team was
then tasked to Brean beach for another report of people in difficulty
in the mud but were stood down en route.
Official Burnham Coastguard Web site