Couple and their dog rescued after getting stuck in Sandside quicksand

The Westmorland Gazette: Credit: Twitter: @LakesGolfBreaks Credit: Twitter: @LakesGolfBreaks

A COUPLE and their dog have had to be pulled from the sands after getting into difficulties with an incoming tide.

Members of the public raised the alarm after spotting a male and female, from Cleveleys, sinking into mud close to the Ship Inn at Sandside shortly before 3.30pm today.

The female, aged 25, was stuck up to her waist while the male, 46, was in up to his knees.

The rescue comes just two weeks after a 14-year-old girl had to be pulled from quicksand near Silverdale.  This incident prompted a warning from the Queen's Guide to the Sands, Cedric Robinson, that people should stay off the sands because he had never known them 'so dangerous'.

A Coastguard spokesman said today's rescue was carried out after members of the public rang 999.

"We had a number of calls and we believe the police did too.

"Our safety message today is always check on the tides and be aware that there's quicksand in that area.

"The public did the right thing: if you spot anyone in difficulty call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

"This is especially important to remember at this time of year with the summer holidays coming up."

He explained that Arnside and Morecambe coastguards attended, along with paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service, Cumbria Fire and Rescue, Bay Search and Rescue and police, who helped keep members of the public at bay.

A Royal National Lifeboat Institute team from Morecambe also attended on a hovercraft.

"It was a great multi-agency rescue," he continued.

"We all worked well together and got the pair to safety."

They were freed at 4.10pm and were treated at the scene for shock. It is not thought the dog was hurt.

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7:32pm Sun 16 Jun 13

arnside57 says...

"They were freed at 4.10pm and were treated at the scene for shock. It is not thought the dog was hurt."

The dog is fine. He freed himself and made it to the shore before the coastguard reached the couple; my wife looked after him until he was reunited with his owners
"They were freed at 4.10pm and were treated at the scene for shock. It is not thought the dog was hurt." The dog is fine. He freed himself and made it to the shore before the coastguard reached the couple; my wife looked after him until he was reunited with his owners arnside57
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7:51pm Sun 16 Jun 13

arnside57 says...

"The female, aged 25, was stuck up to her waist while the male, 46, was in up to his knees."

Not quite correct. The woman was only in mud up to her thighs. The man was in mud up to his waist and his arms were in mud up to his elbows, he was leaning forward to spread his weight over the mud. The dog had 2 legs stuck but pulled itself free and ran back to shore.

We managed to throw a lifebelt to the woman who pulled one leg free then knelt on the lifebelt, but her other leg sank deeper. The man was in very liquefied mud and was sinking deeper but pulled himself onto the lifebelt then lay flat on it until the coastguard arrived.
"The female, aged 25, was stuck up to her waist while the male, 46, was in up to his knees." Not quite correct. The woman was only in mud up to her thighs. The man was in mud up to his waist and his arms were in mud up to his elbows, he was leaning forward to spread his weight over the mud. The dog had 2 legs stuck but pulled itself free and ran back to shore. We managed to throw a lifebelt to the woman who pulled one leg free then knelt on the lifebelt, but her other leg sank deeper. The man was in very liquefied mud and was sinking deeper but pulled himself onto the lifebelt then lay flat on it until the coastguard arrived. arnside57
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8:00pm Sun 16 Jun 13

arnside57 says...

oops, can't edit post...

meant to say the man pulled himself onto a second lifebelt that we threw to the couple
oops, can't edit post... meant to say the man pulled himself onto a second lifebelt that we threw to the couple arnside57
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8:49pm Sun 16 Jun 13

hogheaven says...

Glad they are safe but When will these people learn that its not safe to walk on these sands, read the signs for gods sake
Glad they are safe but When will these people learn that its not safe to walk on these sands, read the signs for gods sake hogheaven
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9:26pm Mon 17 Jun 13

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Cedric Robinson is the man who knows, but did anyone think to ask him why the sands are so dangerous now? Is it the rivers changing their channels or the pattern of tides or something else? I'd love to know. Can we have a report on this?
Cedric Robinson is the man who knows, but did anyone think to ask him why the sands are so dangerous now? Is it the rivers changing their channels or the pattern of tides or something else? I'd love to know. Can we have a report on this? Milkbutnosugarplease
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11:23pm Mon 17 Jun 13

onelocal says...

Milkbutnosugarplease wrote:
Cedric Robinson is the man who knows, but did anyone think to ask him why the sands are so dangerous now? Is it the rivers changing their channels or the pattern of tides or something else? I'd love to know. Can we have a report on this?
Cedric Robinson was widely quoted about the current increased dangers of quick sands in the Westmorland Gazette of June 6th when the last incident occurred. I refer you to that edition.
[quote][p][bold]Milkbutnosugarplease[/bold] wrote: Cedric Robinson is the man who knows, but did anyone think to ask him why the sands are so dangerous now? Is it the rivers changing their channels or the pattern of tides or something else? I'd love to know. Can we have a report on this?[/p][/quote]Cedric Robinson was widely quoted about the current increased dangers of quick sands in the Westmorland Gazette of June 6th when the last incident occurred. I refer you to that edition. onelocal
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