Crews at Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard and BARB Search & Rescue were busy with a series of call-outs over the weekend.

It started on Friday evening at 8.45pm with the crews being called to an incident at the River Brue in Highbridge amid concerns for a dog walker. A full night search of the river banks was undertaken but no-one was found and the incident was declared a ‘false alarm with good intent’.

At 11.20pm on Friday, BARB’s volunteers and Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were called out again for a separate incident involving a missing, vulnerable person in Weston. However, as the crews left Burnham, the Police confirmed that the person had been safely located.

On Sunday at 3.55pm, Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea and Weston were called to Brean Down alongside local Devon and Somerset fire crews after reports of a dog falling from the cliff top, with a person attempting to recover the dog by climbing down. The fire service attended with a rope rescue unit and a water rescue boat along with crew for both. Once on the scene it was established that the person in question and the dog were no longer in difficulty and the units were stood down. A spokesman said the incident served as a reminder about keeping dogs on a lead while on Brean Down.