and lifeboats rescue stranded man in River Brue
Coastguards waded through waist-deep mud to reach a man stuck
in the River Brue estuary on Tuesday afternoon (November 1st).
Burnham RNLI lifeboat, police and BARB were called to the scene,
near Highbridge's Apex Wildlife Park, at 4pm.
of the Burnham Coastguard Mud Rescue Team waded out to reach the
man, who was in a distressed state at the water's edge, before
a lifeboat took him onboard and took him to a waiting ambulance.
Ian Jefferies told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Several members of
our mud rescue team were deployed to reach the man and ensure
his safety before the lifeboat arrived and took him onboard."
muddy river banks of the Brue are treacherous and people should
always stay well clear."
An RNLI spokesman added: "The RNLI Lifeboat Puffin was launched
and, aided by the incoming tide, proceeded to the River Brue.
Once in the Brue, the tidal flow had not quite reached the lower
reaches so the crew of Puffin were forced to navigate the meagre
downward fresh water flow, eventually reaching the casualty who
was by that time extremely cold."
lifeboat crew then proceeded back down the Brue, returning to
the beach at Burnham jetty, with haste, since the man was semi-conscious
and in a medically poor state. On arrival at the jetty the man
was handed over to paramedics."
man was showing signs of hypothermia, having been in the mud in
for some time, and was taken by ambulance to Weston General Hospital
police helicopter also hovered overhead during the incident, monitoring
the situation. It was not clear why the man had entered the mud
on the river bank.
Top, A Burnham Coastguard wading through the mud to reach the
stranded man in the river estuary on Tuesday afternoon, watched
by police helicopter and, below, several police officers