holidaymakers spark Coastguard mudflats incident at Brean
mud-covered Spanish holidaymakers were walked to safety by Coastguards
at Brean on Sunday (July 22nd) after sparking a safety scare on
the mudflats at low tide.
five youngsters, pictured, were seen wading through waist-deep
mud over a mile from the shore at low tide.
team of Burnham Coastguards and two rescue hovercrafts from BARB
(Burnham Area Rescue Boat) were called to the beach at 3.25pm
after the beach warden raised the alarm.
beachwarden Dave Furber told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The five
young holidaymakers were so far out on the mudflats - well over
a mile - that all I could see were tiny dots on the horizon next
to the tideline."
were in an area of deep mud so there was concern they would get
stuck, which is why we alerted the Coastguard, who were quickly
on the scene with BARB. Fortunately, they managed to get back
to the shore safely."
were met by Coastguards, who gave them safety advice about the
danger of walking on the mudflats at low tide.
Coastguard Ian Jefferies told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The incident
serves as a fresh warning about walking in the mud. Chasing the
tide on a falling tide is potentially a very dangerous thing to