EMERGENCY services were called to Burnham-on-Sea after a vulnerable woman went into the water.

Two lifeboats from Burnham-on-Sea RNLI and crews from Burnham Coastguard, Weston-super-Mare Coastguard and BARB Search and Rescue were called to the town's jetty at around 7.15pm on Thursday (April 5) to assist Avon and Somerset Police following reports there were concerns for her welfare.

Coastguard crews and RNLI volunteers conducted a search along the beach and water to the north and south of Burnham Jetty and Burnham RNLI fired two illumination flares so rescue workers could get a view along the water.

A Coastguard helicopter was also called and carried out a thermal search of the water and tideline and the woman was found and returned to the shore.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police, said: "We were called to concerns for welfare at about 7.45pm on Thursday (April 4).

"A woman was reported to have walked into the sea opposite Pier Street and near to the Esplanade in Burnham-on-Sea.

"She was rescued shortly afterwards by the coastguard and taken to Musgrove Park Hospital."

Burnham Coastguard stood down after the woman was taken to hospital and urged people to call for help if they are feeling low.

A spokesman for the Coastguard, said: "We wish the person well and hope that things improve for them, mental health is something many people battle every day, and it's not always noticeable.

"If you are feeling low then please remember you are not isolated, there are many helplines to contact if you don't feel you can speak to family or friends, sometimes even a simple chat can help relieve some of your worries.

"It's OK not to be OK. We would like to say a huge thank you and well done to all the teams attending this job, lots of work in difficult circumstances.

"This was a good outcome to a multi-agency call out, showing ultimate professional teamwork."

If you see anyone in danger along the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.