RNLI crew rescue tourist on Birnbeck Island

PUBLISHED: 17:06 24 March 2018

The man was rescued from Birnbeck Island.

The man was rescued from Birnbeck Island.

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A tourist has had to be rescued from Birnbeck Island.

Weston-super-Mare RNLI was called to the derelict pier yesterday (Friday) afternoon after crew members saw a man walking across a shingle bank as the tide was starting to flood.

When the crew attended the incident they found the man, a Hungarian visiting Weston for a week, hiding in a gully among rocks after attempting to take photographs.

Weston RNLI helmsman Terry Wells said: “We can’t blame this man as he did not know how dangerous it is.

“It is strange he thought we were the police and then he wanted to know how much we were going to charge.

“Obviously it is different in his country.

“If he hadn’t shown hiimself he could have died.”

Weston RNLI has had nine callouts so far this year, five of them to Birnbeck Island.

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