of rescued jetty girls says she 'could have lost them' in incident
family of the girls who were dramatically rescued from Burnham-On-Sea's
jetty on Saturday evening have thanked the town's rescue services
for coming to their aid while the mother of two of them has admitted
she "so easily could have lost them."
As we first
reported here, Faye Mays
(12), April Mays (11) and Jess Woodford (13), all from Bridgwater,
got into difficulty after entering the sea for a cooling swim
near the town's Pavilion, 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 desperately cling onto the metal
chains at the end of the jetty while the sea water flowed in quickly
Coastguards and lifeboat crew were quickly on scene and the RNLI
rescued one of the girls while the other was brought back to the
beach using ropes.
and April's mother, Tracy, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I could
so easily have lost both my children. Words cannot describe how
grateful I am that they are all safe and well today."
She added: "Thank you to all the rescuers who pulled my
girls out. All three of these girls are strong swimmers and aware
of the dangers at Burnham. We live in Bridgwater and go often."
had been swimming by the Pavilion and they didn't go too far out
yet they still managed to get caught in the current and instead
of fighting against it they allowed it to pull them down to the
jetty so they could hold onto something."
"Jess was the only one of the three who could manage to
pull herself up and she raised the alarm."
The incident comes 11 months after four year-old Dylan Cecil
drowned after falling from the jetty while the tide was quickly
Pictured: Rescuers on Burnham jetty with ropes during Saturday's
incident and, above, Faye
Mays (12), April Mays (11) and Jess Woodford (13)