Burnham rescue crews called to 4x4 stuck in the sea at Brean
were the scenes on Brean beach on Friday evening (May 6th) when
a 4x4 was submerged by the incoming tide after it became stranded.
beach warden alerted the Coastguard after the vehicle became stuck
in mud while being driven half a mile down the beach.
from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston, plus the BARB Search & Rescue
hovercraft and RNLI were called to the scene at 4.30pm.
Beach Wardens had requested our assistance as the owner and his
passenger did not want to abandon the vehicle," explained
a Coastguard spokesman.
they saw sense and realised for their own safety they had to leave
it to the incoming water."
the time we arrived on scene only the roof was visible and the
occupants were on the beach."
was quickly established that the vehicle was not recoverable at
that time and no persons were in danger."
BARB Search & Rescue team were also in attendance, Burnham
lifeboats were paged, and a Weston Coastguard team was also on
scene as this could potentially have been a technical water rescue
with two casualties."
took details of the owners and Burnham Coastguard did a visual
check on the last known location of the now fully-submerged vehicle
for any chemical spills before we were stood down and returned
series of high Spring tides are due this weekend and beach users
are being advised to check tide times and ensure they do not put
themselves in potential difficulty. These
photos, taken by Kevin Williams and Burnham-On-Sea.com, show the
incident underway on Friday.