RNLI and coastguard report busy weekend with sea and mud rescues in Weston
PUBLISHED: 12:17 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:32 29 August 2017
Rescue teams had a ‘chaotic weekend’ on Weston-super-Mare’s seafront with a number of people getting into trouble on the mud and in strong currents.
Weston’s volunteer RNLI crew were called to five incidents on Sunday, while the town’s coastguard was also involved in nine in four days.
One of the most serious shouts was at 7pm on Monday, when a father and daughter were cut off by the incoming tides by Birnbeck Island.
The pair were unable to return to the mainland as the water had covered the single path they had crossed on.
An RNLI spokesman said: “Both were unaware of the speed and tidal conditions around the island, and the danger of being cut off.
“Father and daughter were both transferred to the lifeboat and returned to the lifeboat station to warm up and be met by Weston coastguard.”
The RNLI’s busiest day was on Sunday where its five call-outs included rescuing two kayakers who got into trouble by Brean Down.
One was found in the water clinging to his kayak and they were both taken back to shore.
The RNLI also towed back two jet skies and searched for a missing boy.
Lifeboat operations manager Richard Spindler said: “This was a chaotic day for all involved.
“All the crew worked hard today during the best weather we have had all summer.
“Despite the sun shining and the need to bathe in the sea, once the tide starts going out the mud in the bay becomes a real danger to anyone who attempts walk it, with heat exhaustion or even in some cases heat stroke very possible.”
The coastguard’s calls included finding missing children and helping the owners of two cars which were covered by the tide after they got stuck in the sand between Royal Sands and Uphill beach.
A coastguard spokesman said: “Weston has many beach car parks, and we would always advise people who park on the beach to check the tide times, either online, or by asking a car parking attendant.
“Usually during very high tides, there will be signage to inform car park users”.
Weston and Burnham’s coastguard teams worked together to rescue a man from the mud.