& Video: Burnham beach drama as FOUR vehicles get stuck
fresh warning about checking tide times has been issued to motorists
after FOUR vehicles became stranded in the sea in Burnham-On-Sea,
Brean and Berrow on Saturday evening.
Mitsubishi Shogun was rescued by BARB Search & Rescue on Burnham
beach using tow ropes after its wheels sand into the soft sand
next to the jetty while attempting to retrieve a stranded VW transporter,
as pictured here.
despite lengthy efforts, the VW could not be safely pulled out
before the incoming tide inundated it, leaving it submerged. The
owner from Bridgwater was trying to launch his boat when he got
into difficulty. It was retrieved after the high tide.
further motorists also got caught out on Brean and Berrow beaches
where their vehicles were also surrounded by sea water and had
to be pulled to safety.
incidents came as the area sees a series of high tides. Further
very high tides are due this week, prompting a warning to all
beach users to check the Burnham-On-Sea
Tide Times here.
owner Sam Yarnall Chatwin told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I was
driving along the seafront when a passer-by asked if I could help
in my role as a volunteer with 4x4 South West Assistance, so I
drove down and managed to hook up the VW. I managed to pull it
a metre forward but then got stuck ourselves when we started sinking
into the sand. Fortunately, BARB were quickly on scene and were
marvellous. I can't fault them - they saved our vehicle by getting
it out so quickly but, unfortunately, no-one could get the VW
out in time."
Operations Manager Mike Lowe added: "The sand here is often
only firm on the top with mud underneath and that means vehicles
can easily get stuck. With very high tides over the next few days,
beach users should be mindful of their safety and check the tide
times and beach conditions."
added: "If you're in any doubt, check with the beach warden
or jetty supervisor. Being a community-minded charity, we will
always try to help where we can, but without jeopardising the
safety of our volunteers or the general public."
VW quickly became submerged by the high tide in Burnham
were similar scenes in Brean and Berrow where this car got suck
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