Three women and dog trapped in mudflats

PUBLISHED: 11:18 27 July 2011 | UPDATED: 11:32 27 July 2011

Hovercraft acquired by Avon Fire and Rescue Service

Hovercraft acquired by Avon Fire and Rescue Service

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A TRAINING rescue exercise for firefighters turned into the real thing yesterday (Tues) as three women and a dog became stuck in Weston's mudflats.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service’s hovercraft team were training between Royal Sands and the Grand Pier at 11.53am when they noticed people waving at them.

As they approached them it was clear they were stuck, up to their thighs in mud, and the tide was rapidly coming in.

They were all pulled to safety and taken to shore.

A spokesman from Avon Fire and Rescue Service said: “We would like to remind people to take care when walking on the beach at Weston as the tide can rapidly come in and people can get stuck unexpectedly.

“Fortunately in this case the firefighters who were training at the time checked to see if the group were OK and were able to assist them to safety.”

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