In pictures: How a casualty is rescued from a sand hole on the beach

PUBLISHED: 12:30 12 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:17 12 July 2016

The dummy is almost ready to be extracted.

The dummy is almost ready to be extracted.

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The Coastguard, police and firemen took part in a training exercise on how to dig someone out of sand if a hole collapsed on Weston-super-Mare’s beach.

The dummy is buried in the sand.The dummy is buried in the sand.

People sometimes dig large holes or tunnels on the beach. As the sand dries, it can become loose and unstable and can collapse on top of the person in it, which can be fatal.

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The agencies carried out the training on Weston’s beach last night (Monday).

The 'ripple' approach.The 'ripple' approach.

Weston and Burnham-on-Sea’s Coastguards both took part, as well as North Somerset Council’s beach rangers, and paramedics.

The casulty is reached in a few minutes.The casulty is reached in a few minutes.

It involved a dummy being buried in the sand.

Paramedics tend the casualty while the dig continues.Paramedics tend the casualty while the dig continues.

A Burnham Coastguard spokesman said: “The first thought of any person nearby is to dig straight down to the trapped casualty but this can create more collapse and therefore take longer.

The casualty is freed and ready to be transported to an ambulance.The casualty is freed and ready to be transported to an ambulance.

“Here we have a ripple formation whereby a wider hole is dug to eradicate the collapse of the sides.

“Two or three persons dig from the centre and then each row clears the sand outwards.

“In just a few minutes the casualty can be recovered to awaiting paramedics and treated.”


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