Police, coastguard and RNLI called out after man goes for drunken 4am swim

PUBLISHED: 11:24 03 August 2017

Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard on the call-out. Picture: Burnham Coastguard

Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard on the call-out. Picture: Burnham Coastguard

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The police, RNLI and coastguard were all called out yesterday (Wednesday) morning after an intoxicated man entered the sea at 4am.

Having decided to go for a swim in the early hours, his clothes were then found on Burnham-on-Sea beach by the town’s Coastguard team, prompting concern for his welfare.

They then asked for assistance at around 7am, from the team from Weston-super-Mare, as well as Burnham RNLI.

Police were already on the scene, keen to locate the man and they eventually found him in a tent on a nearby campsite following an ‘intoxicated early-morning swim’.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary have confirmed he was safe and needed no further medical attention.

A spokesman for Burnham Coastguard said: “Happily, all ended well for everyone in this case but please remember that figures state that about a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream.

“If you’ve had a drink, stay away from the water. Also, if with friends who are drinking please do look out for each other and what may seem to be like a fun at the time could end in tragedy if near water.

“As always, if it you get into difficulty or if you see anyone in trouble on the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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