Beach warden truck gets stuck in mud patrolling Somerset coast

They are normally the ones that keep the beaches of Somerset safe for others. But on this occasion it was the beach wardens themselves that ran into trouble – after their truck got stuck in the mud while out patrolling Brean beach. The wardens had been out on Thursday afternoon warning people not to walk out at low tide into the dangerous mud when their own vehicle got stuck.

The truck had broken through a hard crust and quickly started to submerge into the mud – with an fast incoming tide. With the tide creeping ever nearer, attempts to free the truck had to be abandoned, with the wardens having to make a hasty exit, helped by Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard Rescue Team. READ MORE:Man found dead in Weston-super-Mare nightclub

The truck was left submerged in the mud. A spokesman for Burnham on Sea Coastguard Rescue Team said: “The team was tasked to Brean beach to reports of a vehicle stuck in the mud with an incoming tide. “Upon arrival we could see that repeated attempts had been made to free the vehicle but to no avail.

The vehicle in question was the Berrow beach wardens. “They had been trying to deter beach users from walking out to the low tide and into the dangerous mud when their vehicle broke through the hard crust and lost all grip. Unfortunately with the fast incoming tide there was no time to get the vehicle free from its sticky confines and it soon became swamped in the tide.

“Weston Recovery were unable to reach the vehicle and it was decided that they would return after high tide for another go. This is a true example of how even the most experienced beach users can get caught out.” “The day to day job of the wardens comes with a risk from the ever changing beach landscape and this day showed that it can happen to anyone.” Anyone who spots someone in trouble on the coast should call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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