Coastguard called to fifth car rescue in three days
PUBLISHED: 12:25 28 September 2015 | UPDATED: 09:27 29 September 2015
FOUR teams of emergency service personnel were called to a car stuck in the mud in Weston-super-Mare this morning (Monday) - the fifth rescue in three days.
Shortly after 6am today the coastguard was called to a car which was being submerged in the incoming tide in Weston.
Because the owner was not at the scene, and the coastguard could not confirm there was no one in the car, it called on both of Weston RNLI’s lifeboats, the ambulance service and the police to help with the incident.
The coastguard’s senior operations officer Jon Kendray said: “We were able to carry out a search to confirm there were no persons inside.
“The police were able to speak to the owner of the car and are making investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident.”
The car is the fifth in the area to be caught in high tides, after Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) called to save four cars which were stuck in the mud on Saturday.
Mr Kendray said: “I would like to remind members of the public that warning signs are there in the interests of safety and should not be ignored.
“Driving outside of the marked areas is likely to lead to you getting stuck. If your car gets stuck and subsequently the tide comes in, you will be faced with a written off car, insurance that is unlikely to cover you and an expensive recovery bill.
“The emergency services will attend to prevent risk to life but they will not recover your vehicle for you.”