Cycle ride comes to a sticky end

A cycle ride came to a sticky end this afternoon when a 51 year-old male cyclist was rescued from the mud near a track between Milford on Sea and Barton on Sea, Hampshire. At just before 2pm the man called 999 to report that he was stuck in the mud just off the track at Taddiford Gap after coming down the cycle track from the car park. Solent Coastguard sent Coastguard Rescue teams from Lymington and Southbourne to the scene with a specialist Coastguard mud rescue team from Hilllhead. Hampshire Fire and Rescue and South Central Ambulance were also asked to assist.
The man had been walking along the beach with his bike when he noticed that the tide was coming in. He tried to make his way further up the beach but soon his trainers became stuck in the mud. In attempting to take his shoes off, he found himself sinking further into the mud – by this time up to knees. At this point he decided to call for help. This was just as well, as by the time he was finally rescued at just before 2.40pm, by a combination of Coastguard and Fire & Rescue equipment; he had continued to sink up to his waist. There was also the added risk of the unstable cliff above him showing signs of imminent collapse.
Mike OSullivan – Solent Coastguard Watch Manager said;
“The heavy recent rain and incoming tides can create areas of quicksand which quickly suck you in. If you become stuck in mud you should try and spread your weight as much as possible and, if you have a mobile phone, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Avoid moving and stay as calm as you can. You should also discourage other well meaning members of the public from attempting to rescue you because, without the proper equipment, they could become stuck too. Before you set out to explore the beaches and coastline in your area, always remember to check the times of High and Low Water and plan your trip accordingly”. Read the full article on the MCA website…