Visitors to a picturesque stretch of coastline have been warned to beware of quicksand after a 13-year-old boy had to be rescued by fire crews.
The youngster, fishing alone off the beach near Silverdale, became stuck up to his waist and firefighters from both Cumbria and Lancashire used inflatable walkways to help get him out.
“People using the sands need to be aware that, while they might look lovely, they can also be very dangerous,” said watch manager Karl Vietoris from Lancaster.
“This poor lad was almost up to his waist in the stuff when we reached him. He was well and truly stuck.
“Fortunately the tide was not coming in and we had polenty of time to get him out.”
The alarm was raised at around 7.45pm when the 13-year-old, from Kendal, got into difficulties. By chance a Cumbrian fire crew was further along the coastline at Arnside on a sand rescue training exercise and reached the scene within minutes.
“When we got there we were surprised to see the lads from Cumbria were already with him,” added watch manager Vietoris. “We used inflatable walkways to reach the casualty and then had to pump water in to make the sand more fluid before we could realease him.
“He wasn’t hurt and seemed quite calm, although I’m sure he must have been a bit distressed earlier when he became stuck.
“The dangers of the sands are not obvious to the public. They don’t look a threat, but they can change quickly. People should beware.”