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Safety warning after motorist cut off by incoming tide

A safety warning has been issued to motorists to check tide times before driving onto beaches in the Burnham-On-Sea area after the driver of a car got caught out.

A Vauxhall Corsa parked on Brean beach became inundated by the incoming tide when its owner walked up to Brean Down for a picnic.

The beach warden and a team from Burnham-based rescue charity BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) were called to the scene to ensure no one was stuck inside or putting themselves at risk trying to reach the vehicle.

BARB spokesman Mark Newman said: "We always advise motorists to check the tide times before driving onto our local beaches and to heed warning signs and not take unnecessary risks. We have a wonderful coastline that can be safely enjoyed by holidaymakers and locals alike if used sensibly."

The car's owner, Andy Laird, from Walsall in the West Midlands, said: "I was up on the Down enjoying a picnic and forgot about the tide coming in. It was a shock to come back and find the car had been surrounded by the sea. I am grateful to BARB and the beach warden's help."

BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) is run entirely by volunteers and has helped and rescued more than 250 people over the past 21 years.