UK. Liverpool Coastguard co-ordinates rescue of man from mud in Morcambe Bay RNLI Hovercraft Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 October 2006
Coastguard news:

At twenty minutes past three this morning Liverpool Coastguard received a 999 call from a man who had got himself stuck in mud up to his waist near Scalestones Point, Morecambe. The caller indicated that he was approximately 300m off shore and that he was 'totally wedged' in.

Members of the Morecambe Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to try to locate the casualty. When they arrived on scene, a man could be heard shouting in the dark. Liverpool Coastguard requested the attendance of the Fire, Police and Ambulance services to the scene.

The RNLI Morecambe Hovercraft was also tasked to assist as deep mud made reaching the casualty very difficult and hazardous.

The Hovercraft was able to locate the casualty quickly and with some effort, crew members managed to extract him from the mud. He was then taken ashore and given first aid by Paramedics, before being transferred to hospital for observation.

This incident demonstrates the danger of walking in Morecambe Bay in conditions where the risks of shifting sands and deep mud cannot be seen. Fortunately in this case the casualty had a mobile phone with him and was able to get a call through to the Coastguard to alert us of his predicament.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 October 2006 )
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