Horse Rescued From Mud at Burnham On Sea Somerset

At around 10am on Sunday, HM Coastguard received 999 calls reporting a horse and rider in distress and stuck in the mud at Burnham-on-Sea beach in Somerset.  Fortunately the rider is not injured but HM Coastguard launched a multi-agency response to recover the horse and keep the rider safe before the rising tide covered the area.
Rescue units on scene included Burnham-On-Sea RNLI inshore lifeboat, Burnham and Weston Supermare Coastguard Rescue Teams and BARB Hovercraft. Devon and Somerset with Avon Fire & Rescue also joined the rescue effort.

A similiar incident this weekend resulted in a large team of rescuers saving a horse which was stuck in mud on the Wirral Peninusular in North West England.

Gemma Griffiths is the Senior Maritime Operations Officer who was coordinating the incident today in the Coastguard Operations Centre and she offered the following safety advice for walkers and riders,

"Take care when walking or riding over these big expanses of tidal sand or mud and consider getting guidance from someone with local knowledge if you are at all unsure about your route.  If you see anyone in trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard"

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