photos: Holidaymakers rescue stranded taxi driver from sea at
was the dramatic moment a taxi driver was rescued by two holidaymakers
after his car got stranded by the incoming tide on Brean beach
on Sunday evening.
motorist from Yeovil got into difficult in the incoming tide and
his Ford Mondeo was completely inundated by the waves.
of the holidaymakers who came to the man's rescue was Dave Borton,
who told Burnham-On-Sea.com how the incident unfolded. "I
was concerned for his safety - he was trying to drive the car
to safety through the waves even though the sea had totally surrounded
the vehicle. I called the Coastguard and, with the help of another
holidaymaker, we managed to get him out of the car and then a
few of his belongings."
Polish taxi driver, Krzysztof Tomaszek (pictured on the left in
this photo) who was shaken and cold but otherwise unhurt, thanked
those who came to his rescue.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I drove onto the beach at 4.30pm
and when I bought my parking ticket someone said I could stay
until the beach closed at 8pm, but I was unaware that there was
a very high tide."
went off for a walk and I was shocked to come back and find the
car surrounded by the sea. I managed to get in and tried to drive
it away but the engine kept cutting out and two guys helped me
out of the car by opening the driver's door and getting some belongings
out. They were just great."
beachwarden and Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea were quickly on
the scene but there was nothing that could be done to save the
vehicle. Beach motorists have again been advised to check tide
times before using the beach.
taxi was left inundated by the high tide
were called to the scene in Brean
incident was watched by a crowd of holidaymakers
Holidaymaker Dave Borton was one of two holidaymakers who helped