hovercraft and Coastguards called to people 'stuck in mud'
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.
crews were alerted at 9.17am after reports that two people were
in trouble in the mud near to Brean Down.
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.
in this instance, the individuals were able to make their own way
back to safety and didn't need any further assistance or medical
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.
you do find yourself walking into a soft area of the beach dont
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."
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."
BARB's hovercraft was launched from Burnham during Tuesday's incident