Burnham-on-Sea coastguard helps woman at risk of hypothermia

PUBLISHED: 07:59 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:06 12 July 2017

The coastguard was called to Weston yesterday (Sunday). (Stock image)

The coastguard was called to Weston yesterday (Sunday). (Stock image)


Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard Rescue Team were called to help a woman at risk of hypothermia last night (Tuesday).

The crew were alerted by members of the Burnham-on-Sea Harriers running team who found a person lying on a seafront bench under a shelter at about 7.16pm.

On arrival crew members wrapped the woman in a survival blanket before taking her back to the station where she was checked by paramedics and returned to her family.

A coastguard spokesman said: “The person had been walking along the beach, got a bit muddy and very wet from the rain and was taking shelter from the conditions.

“But due to being caught out by the rain they had become very cold and were on the verge of becoming hypothermic.

“The runners had stopped and were talking to her to make her more alert.

“Local residents had wrapped her in some blankets which really helped to stop her from falling into hypothermia.

“Once again this shows what a fantastic community we live in here in Burnham.

“This is a classic example of how easy it is to get caught out by the weather.”

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