Woman rescued after being ‘unable to move’ in mud on beach

PUBLISHED: 09:32 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:32 10 August 2017

The woman was stuck in mud up to her ankles. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Facebook page.

The woman was stuck in mud up to her ankles. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Facebook page.

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A woman had to be rescued by the Coastguard yesterday (Wednesday) after she got stuck in the mud up to her ankles.

The incident took place by Burnham Pier. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Facebook page.The incident took place by Burnham Pier. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Facebook page.

Burnham-on-Sea Coastguard was called to the town’s pier at 4.22pm and the crew from Weston-super-Mare also made their way to the scene to assist.

The woman was unable to move after she strayed past the red flag.

The red flag indicates an area which is dangerous to enter on the beach.

A spokesman for Burnham Coastguard said: “When the red flags are up this means you shouldn’t go beyond them as it is dangerous. In this case it is due to the soft sinking mud that can quickly trap a person.

The crew made sure the woman was safe. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Facebook page.The crew made sure the woman was safe. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Facebook page.

“The beach landscape can change with every tide, and the hard standing can quickly give way to very soft mud.

“The person today had only strayed a few yards beyond the warning flag and found herself unable to move.

“She was unable to move and so a mud team was dispatched to free her.

“Using the stretchers as platforms they quickly dug her feet out.

“After a brief check she was deemed to be fine and well and made her way off of the beach.

“This is a great example of why the warning flags are there.”

A paramedic was on scene to check her over, and deemed she was well enough to leave the beach and head home.

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