stuck in the sea on Brean beach is rescued by crews
fresh warning has been issued to motorists to check tide times
before driving onto local beaches after this campervan was partially
submerged by the sea at Brean on Sunday evening.
owners of the vehicle, a couple from Gloucester, had parked on
the beach and then gone for a walk, seemingly unaware that the
incoming tide would surround the vehicle, leaving it stranded
as its wheels sank into the soft sand.
Coastguards and a crew from BARB Search & Rescue were called
to the beach at 6.15pm to check no-one was stuck inside and to
recover the vehicle.
Dave Furber told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The couple had walked
off onto Brean Down and hadn't realised the tide would come up
so high or reach their campervan. They were very grateful for
the help from the crews."
volunteer crewmembers winched the vehicle free with the assistance
of the beach warden and the couple made a donation to the charity
to cover its costs.
A BARB spokesman said: "Fortunately, the tide was not too
high on Sunday evening and the campervan could be recovered and
driven away, but not all motorists are that fortunate."
advice is always to check the tide times if driving onto local
beaches - the beach warden can help with this information, and
it is always displayed on signs on entrances to the beach."
volunteers were also called out at 3.15am on Saturday morning,
alongside Burnham Coastguards, to search for a missing person
at Brean, who was successfully found safe and well.
of BARB's hovercrafts was also called out by Coastguards at 10pm
on Sunday evening (July 31st) to Sand Bay where two people were
briefly in difficulty in the mud. The crew was stood down en route
when the two people managed to walk free themselves.