Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards and lifeboats were called to Brean beach on Tuesday (January 1st) to help a woman who had broken her ankle in a fall.

Crews rushed to the beach shortly after mid-day to help the lady, who had fallen and hurt herself after being pulled over by a dog.

A Coastguard spokesman said: “With a fairly close tide it was important we get there in good time to ensure there was no danger of the situation becoming even worse.”

“Once we arrived at Brean Beach we assessed the lady, she had taken a tumble and heard a loud “crack” followed by a lot of pain.”

“She and some fellow dog walkers were out enjoying the mild start to the year when her dog who was seemingly having a whale of a time accidentally bowled her over.”

“The group immediately went to assist and, realising she was in a lot of pain, called for an Ambulance.”

“While we were travelling to scene a friend had helped her into their van where she was kept comfortable, once our team had assessed her she was helped into one of the seats so she could be transported to Weston Area Health NHS Trust.”

“It was one of those unfortunate events that happen, and we wish the lady a speedy recovery.”

It was later confirmed that the lady had broken her ankle and was receiving treatment.

“If there is ever an emergency at the beach then don’t delay, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguards, we are always on call and ready to respond.”

Also tasked but not used was an RNLI Lifeboat from Burnham-On-Sea which was called due to the state of the tide.

An RNLI spokesman said: “Both lifeboats were speedily transported to Burnham beach by the shore crew, and proceeded to launch. Burnham’s Atlantic 75 was actually launched, whilst the D Class lifeboat Burnham Reach had reached the water when the volunteers were stood down by Milford Haven Coastguard Control.”

Photos: Burnham-On-Sea.com / Burnham Coastguard / Mike Lang/RNLI