new photos emerge of jetty girls' rescue in Burnham-On-Sea
Dramatic new photos have emerged of the moment that two young
swimmers were rescued from Burnham-On-Sea's jetty at the weekend.
The images - taken on a mobile phone - show one of the girls
desperately clinging onto the metal chains at
the end of the jetty while the seawater flows quickly around her
with the lifeboat arriving to rescue her.
brave rescuer is also pictured holding onto the second girl as
she holds onto the wooden jetty pole with the fast-incoming tide
further photo, below, shows ropes being used by the Coastguard
and lifeboat crews to haul one of the girls back to safety during
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 cling onto the metal chains at the
end of the jetty while the sea water flowed in quickly around
Coastguards and lifeboat crew were quickly on scene and the RNLI
rescued one of the girls using a lifeboat while the other was
brought back to the beach using ropes.
Burnham's Mayor, Cllr Martin Cox, also praised the rescue teams
this week. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I would like to add
my congratulations to all involved in this rescue."
"It's such a relief that the girls were successfully rescued.
We are very fortunate that Burnham has such dedicated crewmembers
from the Coastguard, RNLI, BARB and lifeguards in place."
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. Thank you
to all the rescuers who pulled my girls out."
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)