HOT TOPIC: Time to start fining reckless rescuees?

PUBLISHED: 17:30 05 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:08 06 August 2014

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THE mention of mud rescues always sparks some strong opinions and this week was no exception on Streetlife.

The conversation was sparked by two separate reports of rescues from Weston and Burnham’s beaches.

The first involved eight people, including one pregnant woman, and the second involved a man and his dog.

Philip P said his reaction to the news was ‘one of indignation’ due to the ‘total disregard of warning signs’.

He said: “The trouble is that so often it’s not just their lives on the line, but those of the other people who are inevitably called upon to rescue them.”

Sarah W said: “Am I being a bit harsh in thinking we should start fining these people, all the signs are there saying not to go out too far and they still do it.

“It’s about time these people grew up.”

Margaret C suggested the problem could be solved by educating people more and said: “I grew up around here and my parents, and 
later my children, were taught the dangers of going out on to the mudflats.”

The popular topic of the Tropicana also cropped up on the feed, Graham Jennings said: “If people had a beach side pool maybe they wouldn’t wander out to the mudflats to go for a paddle.”

Have your say on this week’s issues on Streetlife

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