August 2, 2017
Burnham hovercraft and Coastguards called to people 'stuck in mud'

Burnham-On-Sea's rescue hovercraft and two teams of Coastguards were called out on Tuesday morning (August 1st) amid concern for people in difficulty in the mud at Brean.

The crews were alerted at 9.17am after reports that two people were in trouble in the mud near to Brean Down.

"Due to the fact that it was on a rising tide there was a possibility that a full mud rescue would be urgently required and so Coastguards from both Weston amnd Burnham, plus BARB Search & Rescue, were also paged to ensure enough resources were available," said a Coastguard spokesman.

"Fortunately, in this instance, the individuals were able to make their own way back to safety and didn't need any further assistance or medical attention."

Safety advice was given to the pair, highlighting the characteristics of our part of the coast with fast-imcoming tides and patches of soft sand and mud.

"If you do find yourself walking into a soft area of the beach don’t keep going, thinking it will get better. Stop and if possible retrace your steps along the part of the beach you know to be safe."

"Although not required on this occasion, we are always happy to respond to calls but less than one-fifth (17%) of the population say they would call 999 and ask for the Coastguard immediately if they saw someone in struggling in the sea."

Pictured: BARB's hovercraft was launched from Burnham during Tuesday's incident


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