Burnham-On-Sea Coastguards were called out on Sunday (May 20th) amid concern for a group of people seen wading through thick mud on the town’s beach at low tide to try and reach the sea for a cooling dip.
A team of Burnham Coastguards was paged at just after 4.20pm when the group was seen venturing out past the soft mud to the water’s edge.
“The first informant had been watching them for a while and was becoming increasingly concerned for their safety,” said a Burnham-On-Sea Coastguard spokesman.
“With the tide low and the temperature high it can seem like a good idea to dip your toes in the water.”
“But if you have to cross wet sloppy mud to reach it then you should turn back immediately.”
“This group were able to make their way back once they realised we were there and on this occasion there was no need for any intervention from our mud techs.”
“We awaited their arrival to our location and issued some safety advice about the dangers of their activities.”
“Once we were satisfied that they were no longer in danger and were just looking to get themselves cleaned up we headed back to our station to wash our truck down.”
“The beach is very soft in lots of places at the moment and the mud patches are really prominent, always be aware of your surroundings and the dangers associated with it.”
“If the tide is out do not follow it, instead just enjoy the beach, grab an ice-cream, or a nice stroll along the beach.”
It comes after a mud safety scare for Coastguards on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Saturday and the rescue of a jet skier by BARB on Burnham-On-Sea beach.
Pictured: The scenes on Burnham-On-Sea beach this afternoon (photos Burnham Coastguard)