Rescuers discovered a sheep that was stuck in quicksand on a routine patrol.

The animal was just out of sight under the viaduct at Arnside beach. 

It is believed she had wandered down to the side of the outgoing river water for a drink several hours before but had gotten firmly stuck in the grip of the sands. A last-minute decision taken by Bay Search & Rescue to do one last short patrol is how she was discovered. 

The Westmorland Gazette: Stuck sheep being rescued by Bay Search and Rescue in Arnside

The amphibious rescue vehicle was taken out along with a rescue pump to free the sheep by three team members. Ivan Unsworth was the driver of the team's Sherp and station officer Gary Parsons, Station Officer rescued the sheep whilst Keith Woof managed the rescue pump. 

A post on the Bay Search & Rescue Facebook page said: "It’s really nice to save the life of a stricken animal and reunite her with her lamb on the banking. Many thanks to Simon Wheatley who was watching the rescue unfold from the embankment, also thanks to Kevin our new Canadian friend who offered his assistance as we were working at loosening the grip of the sands around the animal's legs with our water lance."

The Westmorland Gazette: The sheep managed to walk way unharmed

"Nice day for an ice cream on the way back to base at the Bob In Cafe, calling at our favourite curb side ice cream parlour The Coast Office."

Rescuers are all volunteers and are constantly striving to improve our service and this is only possible with public support. To find out more about the charity, please visit the Bay Search and Rescue website