Crosby Coastguard Rescue Team:
Today, Sunday 6th October, a few of our team members from both Crosby and HM Coastguard Southport were put through their paces by our area SCOO (senior coastal operations officer).
They were being assessed on their skills and capabilities of being fully qualified Mud Technicians. It was also a great opportunity for some of the Crosby team and Southport team to gain their Mud op's qualification.
This is one of the hardest qualifications to get as a Coastguard rescue officer and is the most physically demanding rescue for our team members to carry out. It is with great joy that we can report all involved passed with flying colours.
Well done to everyone
As the teams were heading back to Crosby coastguard station to commence a very lengthy clean down of our rescue equipment a tasking was received from our CGOC (coastguard operations centre) to a report of a person stuck in the mud on Crosby beach.
With the tide on its way in and fast approaching, it was a race against time and luckily Crosby and Southport Coastguard Rescue Teams, along with a Senior Coastal Operations Officer and RNLI Lifeguards North West were already in the vicinity so could act quickly.
With the tide flooding Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team, RNLI New Brighton Lifeboat Station (Lifeboat) RNLI Hoylake Lifeboat Station (Hovercraft), Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (Marine Fire 1 Rescue boat), North West Ambulance Service HART team (Hazardous Area Response Team) were all tasked to assist.
Crosby and Southport Coastguard Rescue Officers were quick to arrive on scene and rapidly deployed mud rescue technicians onto the mud to stabilise and extricate the casualty prior to being recovered to safety.
The casualty was carried across the beach in a stretcher and was handed over to Wirral Coastguard Rescue Officers who took over casualty care. Thankfully, the casualty was not suffering from any serious injuries and after a precautionary check by North West Ambulance Service Paramedics, was taken to Crosby’s Coastguard Station to warm up and change clothes before going home.
In a coastal emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard