Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard called to help two people struggling in Brean Down mud

PUBLISHED: 07:37 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 07:39 02 August 2017

The coastguard was called to Weston yesterday (Sunday). (Stock image)

The coastguard was called to Weston yesterday (Sunday). (Stock image)

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A coastguard crew has been called to rescue people struggling in mud at Brean Down.

The Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard Rescue Team was launched at about 9.10am yesterday (Tuesday) after reports of two people in difficulty next to Brean Down.

Although the pair were able to make their own way back to safety and were unharmed, the crew gave them safety advice and explained the dangers of the area’s coastline.

A spokesman said: “Due to the fact it was on a rising tide, there was a possibility that a full mud rescue would be urgently required and so our flank team from Weston-super-Mare and our colleagues at BARB were also paged to ensure resources were available.

“If you do find yourself walking into a soft area of the beach don’t keep going thinking it will get better.

“Stop and if possible retrace your steps along the part of the beach you know to be safe.

“Although not required on this occasion we are always happy to respond to calls, but less than one fifth – 17 per cent – of the population say they would call 999 and ask for the coastguard immediately if they saw someone struggling in the sea.”

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