Press release

Woman rescued from mud on North Somerset beach

A holidaymaker has been rescued after getting stuck in mud in North Somerset.


Swansea Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public around 12:30pm yesterday lunchtime (19 March 2014) that a woman was in trouble at Blue Anchor Bay.

Specialist mud rescue volunteers from Watchet and Minehead Coastguard Rescue Teams recovered the woman.

They injected water into the mud to make it soft, before digging the casualty out and transferring her onto a stretcher to a waiting ambulance to be checked out. She didn’t sustain any injuries.

Steve Matthews, Watch Manager at Swansea Coastguard, said:

The woman was well and truly stuck in the mud. Our mud rescue teams were on scene very quickly and she was safely recovered.

If you become stuck in mud try to spread your weight as much as possible. If you have a mobile phone call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Avoid moving and stay as calm as you can. Discourage others from attempting to rescue you, since without the proper equipment they could become stuck too.

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Published 20 March 2014