Five emergency callouts for Weston-super-Mare's coastguard
PUBLISHED: 10:14 07 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:14 07 August 2016
A child stuck in the mud, a car stuck in sand and a missing boy were just some of the five emergency callouts Weston-super-Mare's coastguard dealt with yesterday (Saturday).
The coastguard attended callouts in Weston, Brean and Burnham-on-Sea and helped a number of casualties.
The first incident saw the coastguard help Avon and Somerset Constabulary look for a missing boy on Weston beach, who was found safe and well and returned to his parents.
Shortly after this incident ended, the coastguard was called to reports of a child stuck in the mud at Brean beach. It freed the child with the help of the Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) and used a specialist mud technician to free the child, who was stuck in the mud up to their thighs.
On the way back from this callout, the coastguard passed through Weston beach and was approached by members of the public, who were concerned about a family member who had tried to reach the tide line.
The person was reunited with their family thanks to two coastguard mud technicians and BARB – but while this incident was taking place, the coastguard’s operations room in Milford Haven had taken numerous calls regarding a group of four people who were stuck in the mud near the Grand Pier.
A coastguard spokesman said: “Because of the number of people in the mud, and the speed of the flooding tide, it was decided that we would send the BARB Search and Rescue hovercraft and also the Avon Fire and Rescue Service Hovercraft ‘firefly’, with two coastguards on each craft to check on the welfare of other people in the mud.
“A number of people were assisted back to the beach from both hovercrafts, and were checked over by an awaiting ambulance.”
The coastguard was then called to reports of people in difficulty near the jetty in Burnham but, on arrival, the beach warden confirmed the people were OK.
Finally, the coastguard’s busy day came to a close late yesterday evening when it was called to a car that was stuck in the mud on Weston beach. As the tide was coming in, the coastguard checked on the welfare of the people inside the car and gave it a push to help it on its way.
The spokesman added: “We would like to thank the assistance of BARB, Clevedon Coastguard Rescue Team and Avon Fire and Rescue Service for their help.
“If you see anyone in trouble around the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”