BURNHAM-ON-SEA'S Coastguard Rescue Team attended three call-outs last weekend, with the sunshine bringing a large influx of visitors to the area's beaches and coastline.

On Saturday, April 24, the coastguard received a call at 2.02pm to assist a woman who fell ill while ascending to the top of Brean Down.

Team members liaised with the ambulance crews on the scene, to discuss an extraction plan if the patient would need to be carried down on a stretcher, but the woman was able to walk back down the steps to the ambulance.

Later that day, at 5.32pm, the coastguard team received reports of a missing child at Brean.

Working alongside BARB Search & Rescue and the Weston-Super-Mare Coastguard Rescue Team, they were on their way to the scene when the control room informed them via radio that the child had been found safe and well in a local holiday park, and their parents were with them.

On Sunday, at 6.29pm, the Burnham coastguard team members were called out to assist a woman who had fallen from the top of the sand dunes, down to the bottom.

The woman had seen that the gate at the end of her garden was slightly ajar and had walked over to close it, but as she did so some loose sand gave way, throwing her off balance.

She fell down a narrow path, coming to rest on the beach below, and while she was not badly injured she was unable to get back to her feet.

The beach warden requested assistance, and the coastguard team assessed whether she needed any medical treatment, before taking her back up to the top of the sand dunes and the safety of her home.

Anyone who gets into danger or difficulty at the beach or along the coast - or sees someone struggling - is urged to call 999 and ask for the coastguards immediately.