The volunteers of HM Coastguard Crosby and Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to a report of a female stuck in the mud near to Crosby baths in Crosby.
Emergency services were alerted at 5.02pm and they were on the scene just 7 minutes later at 5.11pm. Two fire engines attended along with the Search & Rescue Team with specialist equipment. North West Ambulance Service were also in attendance.
As rescue teams were mobilising to the location of the incident, further information was received from Merseyside Police that there were now two casualties stuck in the mud at the location.
They were found 300 metres from safety in thick mud, which left them unable to move in a spot which was a notorious danger spot.
A spokesman from HM Coastguard Crosby said: “Upon arriving at the incident a short briefing was held by all emergency agencies and a rescue plan was put into action.”
“Luckily the casualties were located quickly due to the casualties using their initiative and gained our attention to their location by flashing their torches on their mobile phones.”
“Four technicians from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service were then deployed to the casualties.”
“Both casualties were removed from the water via a rescue sledge and taken to safe ground where they were then assessed by NWAS HART (Hazardous Area Response Team).”
“Whilst the initial rescue personnel were extracting the casualties from the mud, other emergency service personnel were setting up back up rescue systems and preparing for casualties to arrive back in place of safety. Casualties were then guided back to the safe care of North West Ambulance Service to be checked over prior to being collected by their family members.”
“As the incident had reached a safe conclusion all emergency services were stood down from tasking and after a full debrief, returned to their relevant stations.”
“If you find yourself getting stuck in mud, retrace your steps back and take an alternative route. If you do become stuck, stay calm, spread your weight across the mud to stop yourself from sinking, discourage anyone from attempting to rescue you and dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Whilst we encourage people to visit our beaches we advise persons to check the times of tides for the area. During darkness please stick to designated coastal pathways, not only can you end up stuck in mud but there are other hidden dangers that you might not see on our beaches.”
“As with tonight's incident it shows that it's a good idea to have a fully charged mobile phone with you.”
𝗜𝗻 𝗮 𝗖𝗼𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆, 𝗮𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝟵𝟵𝟵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝘀𝗸 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗿𝗱.
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