Woman in mud rescue

Morecambe's volunteer RNLI hovercraft crew rescued a woman trapped off shore in mud for an hour.

Monday, 1st May 2017, 10:27 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:57 pm

The coastguard tasked the volunteer crew to assist coastguard teams after a woman was reported stuck in mud approximately 400 metres off shore at Half Moon Bay, Heysham.

Morecambe’s inshore rescue hovercraft went to the scene on Saturday April 29 at around 6:50pm.

The volunteer RNLI crew dug the woman out of the mud where she had been trapped for about one hour.

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Once she was freed, she was transferred to shore in the hovercraft to be checked out by waiting ambulance paramedics.

David Smith, Morecambe RNLI hovercraft commander, said: “This was a potentially serious incident but thankfully we were able to achieve a good outcome.

“Walking out into Morecambe Bay is not recommended; it is very easy to become trapped in the mud and quick sand.”