called out to 'struggling swimmers' during rescue services day
lifeboats and Coastguards were called out on Sunday afternoon (August
27th) to help two swimmers reported to be struggling in the sea
off Brean Beach.
concerned beach warden had contacted the Coastguard Operations Room
and explained that the swimmers had been out in the water some time
and were apparently unable to make it back to the shore of their
Weston Lifeboats were still returning from an incident
at Brean Down involving two kayakers, they were asked to make
their way back and Burnham RNLI's lifeboats were also launched,
taking them away from Burnham's Rescue Services Day.
both the persons managed to make it back to shore as Coastguards
arrived and they were safely with the Brean Beach Warden.
beach warden said that they were fortunate to have made it back
to shore because the current had dragged them out and both had been
person added: "The lady of the group was especially upset by
the ordeal and had a slight sign of shock. Once we reassured her
that everything was fine and she was safe and wrapped her in a warm
blanket we asked the RNLI Lifeguard to just give her a quick check
over and explain the signs and dangers of secondary drowning."
drowning is the term given when water settles on the lungs after
ingesting water. In the hours afterwards, it can cause inflammation
or swelling, which then impacts a person's ability to breathe. It
can cause severe discomfort and in the worse case scenario, death.
A scary ordeal that could've ended very badly."
currents can be very strong and care should always be taken when
entering open water. We escorted them back to their worried families
where after some reassuring hugs they continued to enjoy their holiday."
The Burnham lifeboats being launched to the incident on Sunday afternoon