Coastguards and BARB called to two people in mud
Coastguards and BARB's rescue hovercraft were called to Weston
on Sunday afternoon (June 5th) following reports of several people
in difficulty in beach mud.
crews were called out at 4.20pm to assist Weston Coastguards with
an incident in which two people were south of the Grand Pier with
a swift-incoming tide at the time.
Light Of Elizabeth hovercraft was launched to help the Coastguards,
as pictured here.
two people got back to the shoreline and were given safety advice.
Jefferies, Burnham Coastguard Deputy Station Officer, said: "It
was a hot afternoon and many people had walked out across the
mud to try and reach the sea without realising they were putting
themselves at risk."
always advise people to not try and beat the tide by wading through
the mud - they run the risk of getting into difficulty. Wait for
the tide to come instead to have a safe paddle."
incident was another strong example of multi-agency team working
Coastguards also used the Avon and Somerset Fire Rescue hovercraft
Firefly at nearby Uphill beach to search for a further person
who was reported to be in difficulty after walking out across
the mud, but no-one was found.