July 15, 2016
Four call-outs in 24 hours for Burnham Coastguards, BARB and RNLI

Coastguard, BARB and RNLI crews from Burnham-On-Sea have had a busy 24-hours with several call-outs - including a mobility scooter accident on Brean Down, a search for a missing person at Berrow, a mud safety scare in Burnham, and a call to a power boat in difficulty.

Coastguards were called to Brean Down on Wednesday afternoon, as pictured above, to help ambulance crews reach a person who had been injured when an off-road mobility scooter from the National Trust had tipped over on rough terrain.

The ambulance crew had secured the person near the top trig point on the Down and managed to transport them to safety for treatment and subsequent transportation to hospital.

"These scooters are a fantastic resource for people who wouldn't normally be able to tackle the long walk up to the fort and are completely safe. Unfortunately, the user had misjudged the capability of the scooter and tipped over," said a spokesman.

BARB Search & Rescue and Burnham Coastguards were also called out to Berrow Beach on Wednesday evening - pictured above - for a seperate incident where a vulnerable woman had gone missing.

Crews carried out a full foot search of the beach and dunes, alongside police, which resulted in the lady being found safe and well.

Coastguards were also called out on Thursday evening to a group of visitors on the water's edge at low tide near to Burnham Yacht Club.

A family of five people had ventured down to the water's edge, including one of whom had waded through the mud to reach the water.

The Coastguards spoke to the parents and called three teenagers back from the water where safety advice was given.

Burnham RNLI were also called out on Thursday afternoon just before 4.20pm to help a disabled 47ft lifeboat conversion adrift in the Bristol Channel near Minehead, as reported here.


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