BARB kept busy on weekend

PUBLISHED: 19:00 07 October 2011

Many beach visitors ventured out into the mud to reach the sea.

Many beach visitors ventured out into the mud to reach the sea.

Mark Newman

THE crew of Burnham’s rescue hovercraft were kept busy on Sunday, when beach visitors were tempted to wade out across the mudflats to reach the sea.

Coastguards called the Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) to Uphill on Sunday at 6pm after a group of children got stuck near the River Axe.

BARB was also put on standby when three young people, of Stourport, in the West Midlands, got into difficulty on Brean beach. They were spotted almost three quarters of a mile from shore and had to be escorted back by the team.

BARB chairman, Mark Newman, said: “With some of the lowest tides of the year falling during such hot weather, many beach visitors were tempted to cool off by wading out to the sea, in turn putting themselves in possible danger. We were relieved that no-one got into any serious difficulty.”

Crew-members on-board Burnham’s Spirit of Lelaina hovercraft also gave safety advice to several groups of walkers about the danger they were putting themselves in by wading across the mud.

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