Two girls rescued from the mud in Langstone Harbour

Two girls were rescued from the mud in Langstone Harbour, Portsmouth this afternoon after they went to rescue their dog and became stuck themselves. At just before 3pm Hampshire Fire and Rescue called Solent Coastguard to say they had been called to rescue two girls from the mud in Langstone Harbour, just off the Eastern Road, Portsmouth. Two girls had been playing with their dog when they thought it had become stuck in the mud. They went to rescue it and became stuck up to their waists. The dog managed to free itself and made it back to solid ground. Solent Coastguard sent Portsmouth, Hillhead and Hayling Island Coastguard Rescue teams who are all trained in mud rescue. South Central Ambulance and Hampshire Police were also sent to the scene to assist. Using specialist mud equipment the girls were freed at just before 4.15pm.
Katharine Piggin Solent Coastguard Watch Manager said;
“If your dog becomes stuck in mud please don’t try to free it yourself as you can become stuck yourself. If you do 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 others from attempting to rescue you because without the proper equipment they could become stuck too”.   Read more on the MCA website…

Pensioner rescued from the Mud at Crosby

A pensioner was rescued from the mud at Crosby Beach, Sefton this afternoon after she had been stuck for over an hour. She was found, stuck up to her waist, at 4pm today by RNLI beach lifeguards on a routine patrol of Crosby Beach, Sefton. The 70 year-old local woman had been trying to raise the alarm for over an hour by shouting at dog walkers and beach users (there were around 50 in the area) but they hadnt heard her.
The Lifeguards contact MRCC Liverpool to explain the situation. The Coastguard Rescue team from Crosby, who specialise in mud rescues, were sent to the scene and the woman was quickly pulled from the mud by the Coastguards with assistance from the lifeguards. Its believed that the recent heavy rain has created an area of mud approximately the size of four car park spaces in an area that is normally soft sand around 200m north of Seaforth docks. The woman was taken by the Crosby Coastguard Rescue team to Liverpool Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre where she recovered from her shock and exhaustion. Su Daintith Liverpool Coastguard Watch Manager said;
“Recent heavy rains have transformed some areas of soft sand in to quick sand. If you do become stuck in mud stay as calm as you can, spread your weight as much as possible and if you have a mobile phone dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. If you dont have a phone slowly wave your arms above your head and shout to try and attract attention. You should also discourage others from attempting to rescue you because without the proper equipment they could become stuck too”. Read more on the MCA website…

Coastguards head inland for cliff rescue

Coastguard was contacted by Tayside Police and Montrose Fire and Rescue Service to request help in recovering a man who had gone into the water after his dog.
Forth Coastguard sent cliff rescue teams from Montrose and Stonehaven and they recovered the man from the waters edge up the cliff where he was checked over by ambulance crew. Fortunately he was cold but uninjured. The dog will require veterinary treatment but was recovered from the water. Forth Coastguard Watch Manager said:
“Don’t put yourself at risk by attempting a rescue. The water is especially cold at this time of the year which only adds to the dangers of going in after an animal or another person. Dog walkers should keep dogs on a lead near cliffs and deep water” Read more on the MCA website…