Fresh warning of Birnbeck dangers after people reported on island

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 July 2014

Birnbeck Pier.

Birnbeck Pier.


THE RNLI has reiterated the dangers of walking over to Birnbeck Island following reports some people may have tried to walk to it to take photographs.

Weston’s branch of the life-saving charity moved from its base on Birnbeck last November, but it still houses a lifeboat there to be used when a life is at risk.

Following reports people may have been tempted to walk over to the island, a spokesman for the RNLI said: “The RNLI would strongly discourage anyone attempting to access Birnbeck Island, currently under the ownership of Urban Splash, via the causeway exposed at low tide.

“The Bristol Channel has the second largest tidal range in the world and the currents are extremely strong, reaching up to eight knots in places, making any attempt to walk over to the island extremely hazardous.

“In addition, the old buildings on the island are derelict and very dangerous.”

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