van rescued after getting stranded in sea on Brean beach
van was recovered from the sea at Brean last night (Thursday) by
crews from Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue and Coastguard
after it become stranded by the tide.
two occupants of the Renault Kangoo had walked up onto Brean Down
without realising the incoming tide would reach their vehicle.
beachwarden Dave Furber raised the alarm shortly after 6pm. As the
tide lapped at the sides of the vehicle, Burnham Coastguards and
a team from BARB Search & Rescue were called to the scene.
driver had a shock when he eventually returned and found his vehicle
surrounded by the sea.
the tide had receded, BARB's crew used spades to dig free the vehicle
and tow it from the beach.
Officer Dave Welland told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The two people
had parked up on the beach and taken a walk along Brean Down."
Beach Warden had driven along the beach and part of the Down with
a loudhailer to try and find them, but they were at the opposite
they walked down the steps and back to the van they could see the
water lapping the at the wheel arches."
were paged as onlookers were advising the owner to wade out and
try and drive it out of the water."
Search & Rescue were also paged so they could winch the vehicle
out once the tide had receded."
arrived on scene and liaised with the Beach Warden who said that
he had advised the owner against going out and he did the sensible
thing and waited for assistance."
the tide had gone back out, BARB completed the recovery, and after
a bit of digging and a pull it was freed from the sand and towed
back up to safe ground to await a recovery truck."
Operations Manager Mike Lowe added: "The driver was very embarrassed
and very grateful for our help. He said he will be making a donation
to BARB to cover our costs."