August 31, 2015
Beach walker ‘disorientated by high tide’ at Berrow is helped to safety

A team of Coastguards and two lifeboats from Burnham-On-Sea were called to Berrow beach on Sunday evening (August 30th) to help a walker who had become disorientated by the high tide.

The lady had got lost during the evening’s extreme high tide which, as reported here is seeing sea water lapping at the foot of the dunes through this week.

Both lifeboats were launched as soon as possible, after the opening of the jetty’s flood gates by an on-duty Environment Agency staff member, and they proceeded to Berrow beach, just past the shipwreck of the SS Nornen.

Burnham Coastguards had ventured across the dunes onto the beach by foot and managed to quickly locate the woman, helping her to safety, and enabling the lifeboats to be stood down.

Burnham Coastguard Station Officer Dave Welland told “The lady seems to have underestimated the height of the tide and lost her way. She was unable to find her way back home after going on a beach walk. We quickly managed to find her and escorted her home.”

“We do recommend that beach users check the tide times this week to stay safe.”

The jetty’s flood gates being opened by an on-duty Environment Agency staff member to allow the lifeboats to launch