Two people rescued from Birnbeck by RNLI

PUBLISHED: 09:46 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:46 06 April 2018

The view from Birnbeck. The shingle is quickly covered by water. Picture: Weston RNLI

The view from Birnbeck. The shingle is quickly covered by water. Picture: Weston RNLI


Two young adults had to be rescued from Birnbeck Island yesterday (Thursday).

Weston-super-Mare RNLI was called at just after 5pm, to reports of two people cut off by the tides on Birnbeck.

Two young adults were rescued from the island and taken to safety by lifeboat.

Half of the RNLI’s shouts this year have been to Birnbeck.

An RNLI spokesman said: “There is a shingle bank, exposed at every low tide, which connects the island to the mainland.

“This shingle bank is a magnet for many who think it would be fun to walk over it to the island.

“But the tide comes in with ferocity in this area and very soon the shingle bank is covered and victims are cut off.”

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