Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards have ended a series of patrols of local beaches over the Bank Holiday weekend by saying ‘people have mostly been sensible and stayed out of danger.’
The team undertook regular daytime patrols concern that beachgoers could get into difficulty in the hot weather and given that no beachwardens or lifeguards are yet on duty.
But a Coastguard spokesman says: “We are pleased to report that although the beaches have been busy, the weather scorching and the tides a long way out, for the most part, people have been sensible and staying out of danger.”
“The team had to deal with a small number of mud walkers, some of whom were a substantial distance from the shore along by Berrow Point.”
“A handful of others in the mud along by Brean Down who was unaware of the tide which was turning and soon following them in but made it back to safety under our watchful eye.”
“We also patrolled along Brean Down and continue to be surprised and dismayed by the number of owners who walk their dogs off-lead on high ground, some were even wandering around looking for dogs that had run away from them.”
“Please keep them on leads at all times on high ground we don’t want anyone to lose their precious fur baby.”
“If you are planning to go to the beach always check the tide times. If the tide is out, do not try to reach it, you will have to cross lots of sticky mud which you may become trapped in, putting yourself and others in danger.”
“If the tide is in keep children supervised at all times and don’t mix alcohol and swimming.
Beaches are not manned at this time and we will be responding to emergencies that are called in via 999 and asking for the Coastguards.”
“Local amenities may not be open so please think carefully before making the trip. Don’t forget to save Terry the Turtle and all his marine friends by taking your litter home with you.”
If you have an emergency along the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.