Somerset

Team rescues stranded 4x4 from Burnham-on-Sea beach

Stranded 4X4 rescued from mud at Burnham-on-Sea
Image caption The 4X4 had to be towed up the beach by a tractor

A 4x4 vehicle which became stranded in soft sand on a Somerset beach had to be pulled to safety by tractor before the tide could reach it.

Burnham-on-Sea's rescue boat team was called to the town's beach on Tuesday afternoon after reports that a car had sunk into the sand beside the jetty.

The 4x4's owner, from Gloucestershire, had left his vehicle there while he tried to retrieve a sea scooter.

Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) is a charity run by volunteers.

Steve Perks, operations manager for BARB, said: "Fortunately for the owner, the vehicle was quickly pulled to safety.

"He was very grateful for BARB's assistance and gave a donation to the charity to cover its costs."

BARB operates two rescue hovercrafts, a tractor and an inshore rescue boat. It claims to have rescued more than 200 people in Somerset over the past 19 years.

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