Coastguards called to beach mud walker
Coastguards were called out on Monday afternoon (March 27th) amid
concern for a beach walker at low tide.
Coastguard team was paged just after 2.15pm to reports of a person
at the low tide line along Burnham-On-Sea beach.
On arrival, the Coastguards spoke to the member of the public who
had called in the incident, who explained that he'd spotted someone
right down on the low tide line that had "disappeared"
Officer Dave Welland said: "This stretch of beach has a set
of mud shelves that go quite a way down to the water's edge, and
while some of it is fairly firm there are a lot of places where
it is soft, and if you get into difficulty down there no-one would
be able to see you."
two of our mud technicians kitted up, one of the team spotted the
person walking back along the beach towards the town slip. Our two
mud techs continued to investigate the tideline to ensure there
was no-one else there - we always do this to be 100% sure we have
the right person and that there isn't someone else in danger."
this case the tide line was clear and the person in question was
approached to ensure he was OK. He was a fisherman collecting lead
weights lost from local fishing events."
person who called it in was 100% right to do so - that stretch of
beach is very low and it isn't long before you are out of sight."