Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard called amid kitesurfers safety fears

PUBLISHED: 08:13 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:13 12 June 2017

Weston Coastguard was called out (stock image).

Weston Coastguard was called out (stock image).

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The coastguard was called out yesterday afternoon (Sunday) amid fears for the safety of two kitesurfers.

The pair were out on the water at Burnham-on-Sea just after noon, but as the tide turned concerns were raised that they may get stuck in the mud.

A coastguard spokesman said: “The beach warden was becoming concerned that if they hadn’t noticed and the water continued to drop they would be caught out and become unable to return to the safety of the shore.

“We got a visual on them with binoculars and headed off in the truck along the beach towards their location.

“Thankfully the surfers were knowledgeable of the tides and before they were cut off made their way back to shore without any danger.”

Although the kitesurfers were fine, the coastguard says it is always best to call if someone may be in a perilous situation.

The spokesman said: “The beach warden did the right thing in calling us. If they (the kitesurfers) had become cut off by the falling tide they could have become stuck.

“The kitesurfers in this case knew the coastline and when it was the right time to come in and avoid any danger to themselves.

“A good call in which it is better to be safe than sorry, by not calling us it could have delayed any rescue if one was needed.

“If you spot anyone in danger or difficulty along the stunning UK coastline then don’t delay, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

“It may be nothing or it may save someone’s life. Always better to be sure.”


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