Coastguard teams use stretchers to rescue man stuck in the mud

PUBLISHED: 07:53 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 07:53 13 July 2017

RNLI lifeguards had to call the coastguard when they spotted someone stuck in the mud in Burnham-on-Sea.

RNLI lifeguards had to call the coastguard when they spotted someone stuck in the mud in Burnham-on-Sea.

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RNLI lifeguards had to call the coastguard when they spotted someone stuck in the mud.

Crews were able to free the man quickly.Crews were able to free the man quickly.

The RNLI lifeguards have begun their summer of guarding Burnham-on-Sea beach and yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon they spotted a man stuck in the mud just off the town slip.

They called the coastguard at 2.18pm and Burnham and Weston-super-Mare coastguard teams attended the incident, with Burnham Area Rescue Boat’s hovercraft on standby.

A spokesman from the coastguard said: Mud techs pulling stretchers were sent out to the man who wasn’t very far off of the sand and discovered him to be around knee deep.

“Using the stretchers as working platforms the team quickly managed to free the man who had been doing some fishing-related activities, he had been along the same part of the beach for the past couple of days and it had been hard and easy to walk on, today it had shifted and he broke through the crust and sank.

The hovercraft was on standby during the shout.The hovercraft was on standby during the shout.

“This is a great example of how the landscape of the beach changes, not just weekly or monthly but with each and every tide.

“A safe area one tide can be soft and sticky the next, always take care while on the beach, even experienced beach users such as this chap can be caught out.”

If you see anyone in difficulty on the shores, dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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