RNLI and coastguard called amid fears over climbers

PUBLISHED: 09:55 09 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:55 09 July 2017

The two experienced climbers agreed to come back in the lifeboat to revent any further 999 calls. Picture: Burnham Coastguard.

The two experienced climbers agreed to come back in the lifeboat to revent any further 999 calls. Picture: Burnham Coastguard.

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Two climbers were taken back to shore last night (Saturday) amid concerns they were stuck due to high tides near Weston-super-Mare.

The call-out came at 6.25pm last night (Sunday). Picture: Burnham CoastguardThe call-out came at 6.25pm last night (Sunday). Picture: Burnham Coastguard

Weston RNLI and Bunrham-on-Sea Coastguard were dispatched to Brean Down shortly before 6.30pm.

They had received calls that three people had been cut off by the tide and were on the rocks in need of rescuing.

Upon arriving, the teams realised the trio were climbers and one had managed to make it to the top.

However, the Burnham team picked up the other two and took them back to shore to ensure they were safe.

The police were originally called to the scene. Picture: Burnham CoastguardThe police were originally called to the scene. Picture: Burnham Coastguard

A coastguard spokesman said: “Three of our team members kitted up in lifejackets and had a cooling paddle out to meet the boat and escort the adventurers back to dry land.

“We gave them advice about when climbing in that area, especially around high tide it is always worth having a chat with the beach warden before you go.

“He will then know your intentions and can relay this information if anyone calls it in.

“This group were safe and happy, experienced climbers, and only returned to shore via boat to avoid sparking any further call outs.

The climbers were thought to be in difficulties by members of the public. Picture: Burnham CoastguardThe climbers were thought to be in difficulties by members of the public. Picture: Burnham Coastguard

“The people who called it in did the right thing, from the beach area it can look like the climbers are stuck and trying to escape the rising water by climbing.”

Avon and Somerset Constabulary had originally been called to the scene but the coastguard spokesman said 999 calls about rescues are best directed to them.

They added: “It is vital to get the right help in an emergency and in this case the police would not have been able to rescue anyone as they did not have the equipment to carry out such actions.”

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