BURNHAM-on-Sea Coastguard has praised the quick-thinking of the town's RNLI after concerns were raised for a person's welfare.

The Coastguard were called to Burnham's seafront at around 8pm on Sunday (June 2) after lifeguards from the town's RNLI spotted a person looking over the sea wall and raised concerns for their welfare.

The lifeguards chatted with the person and contacted the Coastguard Operations Centre (CGOC) in Milford Haven and Burnham Coastguard to give them a briefing on the situation that was occurring.

When the Coastguard arrived they liaised with the lifeguards who had been keeping a close eye on the person and one of the team's volunteers took over and chatted to the person until police arrived.

A spokesman for Burnham Coastguard said: "For some people, every day can be a struggle dealing with mental health issues, for many sufferers it can feel that there is no end to their problems.

There is a number of free helplines that are available for anyone who is struggling emotionally, sometimes even a chat can relieve some of that pressure.

Samaritans are on 116123, Mind are on 0300 123 3393 and SANE Mental Health Charity are on 020 3805 1790.

"We would like to say a big well done to the lifeguards from the RNLI Lifeboats at Burnham-on-Sea for their initial spot and for their ongoing care way beyond their working hours.

"We hope the person gets the correct help and that they find a way forward in their ongoing battle with this hidden illness.

"We should all take the time to check on friends and family and simply ask if they are OK.

"It's OK not to be OK and just having someone ask could save a life."

If you see anyone along the coast that you have concerns for call 999 and ask for the Coastguards.