photos: Dramatic rescue for girls on Burnham-On-Sea jetty
and a lifeboat were used to dramatically rescue two girls from
Burnham-On-Sea's jetty yesterday evening (Saturday) - eleven months
after four year-old Dylan Cecil drowned at the same spot.
Mays (12), April Mays (11) and Jess Woodford (13), all from Bridgwater,
got into difficulty when they entered the sea for a cooling swim
near the town's Pavilion at 7.30pm, but the fast-incoming tide
took them by surprise and they were swept upstream.
managed to scramble to the beach while Faye and April were pulled
along further and managed to reach the jetty and desperately cling
onto the metal chains at the end of the jetty with the sea water
flowing in around them.
Pete Francois, who saw the incident unfold, told Burrnham-On-Sea.com:
"The two girls were clinging onto the jetty when I arrived,
shouting that the current was too strong to get back to the beach."
phoned 999 and asked for the Coastguard using a mobile phone and
then shouted out to the girls to get them to cling onto the metal
response of the emergency services was very quick - the Coastguards
and lifeboat crew were very quickly on scene and the RNLI managed
to rescue one of the girls while the other girl was brought back
year's Dylan Cecil tragedy is still fresh in everyone's minds
and it flashed through my mind when I saw these two girls clinging
onto the jetty. I am just so relieved that they were successfully
and April's mother, Tracy, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "They
are sensible children and were unlucky to get into difficulty.
They did the right thing in swimming with the current, rather
than against it. They managed to grab hold of the jetty, but it
was so slimy that they couldn't climb out - they had to hold on
to the metal chain until help arrived."
are so grateful to the Coastguards, lifeboat crew and others who
helped - they did a super job."
Napper, a friend of the family, added: "The girls went swimming
from the beach near the pier but got pulled upstream by the current
and managed to reach the jetty and cling on."
was so relieved to see them rescued, especially after last summer,
and thank the rescue services for their quick reaction."
Operations Manager Ricky Holmes adde: "Two girls were recovered
from the sea at the town jetty. Both were in imminent danger of
being swept further upstream by the incoming tide. The crew responded
extremely quickly with the D-class lifeboat Puffin being launched
within six minutes of being paged. This just goes to highlight
the possible hazards of swimming in tidal waters. We would ask
people to check the tide times before safely entering the water."
Above, the relieved girls - Faye, April and Jess - after Saturday's
rescue incident on Burnham's jetty