Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards have today (Saturday) issued a new safety to beach users after they were called to help a man in difficulty in mud.

Crews were called out just after 5.15pm by a seafront walker to an area of the beach next to the jetty to assist the man who strayed too far.

A spokesman for Burnham Coastguard said: “There were concerns as the mud was becoming quite deep and he was finding it hard going.”

“When the tide goes out in Burnham-On-Sea, it exposes mud flats which can be deep.”

“There were concerns that he was with younger children who were watching from the jetty, and they may have joined him in the mud.”

“Thankfully this wasn’t the case and he was out before we arrived on scene.”

“We issued some safety advice to them about how things can go wrong quickly and the consequences of when it does.”

While no-one needed to be rescued this time, Burnham Coastguard asked residents to take care on the beach.

“We know that the sun is out and the water can look inviting to cool down in, but please remember to take care,” the spokesman said.

“If the tide is out don’t risk your safety to reach it. On this occasion they turned back, returned to the hard sand and continued to enjoy their day.”

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