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Four vehicles get stranded in the sea off Somerset

Rescue workers attempt to save a van from being swept out to sea off Burnham-on-Sea Credit: ITV News

A rescue charity has issued yet another warning to motorists after four vehicles got stranded in the sea in Burnham-on-Sea, Brean and Berrow on Saturday evening.

A 4x4 was rescued by BARB Search & Rescue on Burnham beach using tow ropes after its wheels sank into the soft sand next to the jetty while it had attempted to retrieve a stranded VW transporter.

BARB rescue workers try - and fail - to save the VW transporter Credit: BARB

The VW could not be safely pulled out before the incoming tide engulfed it. It was retrieved after the high tide.

You can watch footage of the attempted rescue here, courtesy of Burnham-on-Sea.com

The VW could not be safely pulled out before the incoming tide engulfed it. It was retrieved after the high tide.

Two further motorists also got caught out on local beaches where their vehicles were also surrounded by sea water and were pulled to safety.

It comes during a series of high tides in the area.

The sand here is often only firm on the top with mud underneath and that means vehicles can easily get stuck. With very high tides over the next few days, beach users should be mindful of their safety and check the tide times and beach conditions.

– BARB Operations Manager Mike Lowe

Rescue boat used during Somerset floods gets new home

The villagers have decided to loan their rescue boat permanently to BARB Search & Rescue. Credit: ITV News

A rescue boat which was a lifeline for stranded villagers during last year's floods in Somerset is being given a new home this morning.

Rescue boats were a lifeline for Muchelney residents during the floods. Credit: ITV News

It was bought after the village of Muchelney was cut off by the water, but now the road has been raised to prevent it being flooded again. The villagers have decided to loan it permanently to Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) Search & Rescue in Burnham-on-Sea, which was first on the scene during the crisis.

The road to Muchelney was cut off during the floods, and the only way in or out was by boat. Credit: ITV News

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Rescue boat used during Somerset floods gets new home

The villagers have decided to loan their rescue boat permanently to BARB Search & Rescue. Credit: ITV News

A rescue boat which was a lifeline for stranded villagers during last year's floods in Somerset is being given a new home this morning.

Rescue boats were a lifeline for Muchelney residents during the floods. Credit: ITV News

It was bought after the village of Muchelney was cut off by the water, but now the road has been raised to prevent it being flooded again. The villagers have decided to loan it permanently to Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) Search & Rescue in Burnham-on-Sea, which was first on the scene during the crisis.

The road to Muchelney was cut off during the floods, and the only way in or out was by boat. Credit: ITV News