Coastguards are urging people to check the tide times before venturing into the water – after a jet ski ran aground in Weston-super-Mare.
The warning comes after Weston Coastguard Rescue Team, along with colleagues from Burnham Coastguard, were alerted at just before 8pm last night (Tuesday, August 3) to a jet ski stuck in the mud at Knightstone Island.
By the time crews arrived, the rider and his friends had managed to drag the jetski onto the harder shingle area at the rear of the island.
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They hitched it up to their vehicle – only for that to become stuck in the mud too.
A spokesman for Weston Coastguard Team said: “On our arrival the owner and a couple of his mates had dragged it to the harder shingle area at the back of the island and hitched it up to their vehicle which had become stuck.
“One of them went and got his brand new pick up truck and luckily for them managed to rescue his mate.”
Coastguards say people must go prepared when heading out onto the water.
The spokesman added: “We can’t stress enough, if you’re planning on heading out on the water, check the tide times and always wear a life jacket of some sort.
“You should carry a vhf radio or mobile phone and let someone know your expected return time.”
Anyone who spots someone in trouble along the coast should call 999 and ask for the coastguard.
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