Hot weather prompts mud warning after people get stuck on Weston beach

PUBLISHED: 07:24 27 June 2018

Burnham coastguard responded to the emergecny call-out.

Burnham coastguard responded to the emergecny call-out.

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Visitors to Weston-super-Mare beach are being reminded to take care after a group of people got stuck in mud.

Coastguard teams from Burnham-on-Sea and Weston were called shortly before 2.30pm yesterday (Tuesday) to make sure people were safe.

On one of the hottest days of the year so far, several people walked out to try to reach the water but ran into problems.

A Burnham Coastguard spokesman said: “Along our stretch of coast the water recedes a long way, which means reaching it when the tide is out can be almost impossible.

“Once the water goes out it exposes mud flats which can be sticky and will tire you out in a matter of minutes.

“A group of people were off in search of the tide while enjoying a day at Weston beach and were running into difficulty.”

Both teams arrived on the scene but thankfully a full rescue operation was not required.

The spokesman added: “After a few minutes they (the Senior Coastal Operations Officer) advised that the Weston team were arriving on scene and the persons were out of the mud and safe.

“In these kind of temperatures a full mud rescue in drysuits and pulling a stretcher full of rescue equipment would be punishing, but that’s what we volunteer for and without any hesitation would be kitted up and in the mud in minutes.

“People should stay hydrated, out of the mud, away from cliff edges and keep dogs on leads on Brean Down.

“But most of all enjoy your visit to the beach and stay safe.

“If anything does happen, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

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