Police and Coastguards called to 'missing children in sea'
Police and Coastguards were called out to help several missing children
reported to be in the sea on the town's beach on Sunday afternoon
from BARB Search & Rescue and the RNLI were also put on standby
at 12.40pm as the incident unfolded on the southern end of Burnham-On-Sea
beach opposite Quantock Court, as pictured
were tasked to multiple missing children possibly in the water,"
said a Coastguard spokesman. "With the tide being low they
would have a trek through mud to reach it. Children are a lot lighter
than adults which means they can traverse the mud a little easier
before sinking, unlike heavier adults."
means they can travel further into the mud and have more chance
of getting into difficulty."
water temperature now is only 16 degrees today which means you are
very likely to suffer from cold water shock."
were spotted along the South beach between the Coastguard station
and the Yacht club covered in mud, before disappearing from view."
beach has been a lot softer this year with lots of mud, coated with
a thin crust of sand, which is easy to break through. At low tide
this beach has a set of ledges that drop down quite a way. Once
you go beyond this you disappear from view which is a worrying thing
as you can't see if they have entered the water or fallen."
this being the case and with no chances being taken, BARB and Burnham
Lifeboats were put on standby in case they were needed."
we arrived on station, information was updated that the children
had returned to the safety of the beach and were all accounted for.
We went along and met up with the group arriving alongside the Police."
they were very muddy and a bit cold they were in good health. We
gave them a check over for any signs of hypothermia and after some
safety advice for the children and parents were sent on their way
to get in the warm."
were shocked that the beach was so soft under foot and felt that
they had learned a valuable lesson for the future."
public did the right thing in dialing 999 and asking for the Coastguard
immediately. If you have concerns for anyone along the coast always
you think you could be a Coastguard, are 18+, and have a full driver's
licence and live local to the station the Coastguard is currently
seeking new volunteers. To register your interest and for more information
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