lifeguard and quad bike rescued on Burnham-On-Sea beach
lifeguard and his quad bike were rescued after getting stranded
in mud on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Thursday (August 10th), prompting
a fresh warning about safety.
from Burnham Coastguard and BARB Search & Rescue were called
out shortly after 1pm to help the RNLI lifeguard who was visiting
Burnham temporarily from another beach in Devon.
spokesman said: "We were tasked to help the RNLI lifeguard
and a quad bike which, while patrolling Burnham beach, had become
lifeguard, who was temporarily covering Burnham beach from another
beach in Devon, was just on his way back to the seafront lifeguard
station after a routine beach patrol when his quad bike started
to sink in the mud."
realising the error and how much it had sunk, the lifeguards called
for assistance as there was no way of unplugging it by hand."
Search & Rescue - who have great experience in pulling vehicles
from the mud - were tasked and were quickly on scene to tow it out."
not the most serious of jobs, it is a timely reminder that no matter
who you are or how trained you are, you can get caught out by the
mud on our beaches."
important to remember that the reason for sinking was the weight
of the quad. The lifeguard hadn't been on a beach with such soft
sand and mud before and was, by his own admission, caught out."
quite embarrassed and getting a fair amount of banter, he was sent
on his way back to the lifeguard station where we're sure he will
have received a good dose of well-administered safety advice from
the rest of his team members."
please remember that the red safety flags are there for a reason,
do not stray beyond them."
you see anyone in difficulty along the beach, contact 999 and ask
for the Coastguard.
The incident underway on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Thursday (photos
Burnham Coastguard / Burnham-On-Sea.com David Pearce)