A woman and her five-year-old daughter have had a lucky escape after being rescued from quicksand during a fast-moving incoming tide at Blue Anchor Beach on 8th February.
The rescue was conducted by coastguard rescue teams along with coastguard rescue helicopter callsign Rescue 187.
At around 2.10 pm on Saturday 8th February, the woman called 999 and asked for the coastguard after she became stuck in the mud while walking with her young daughter and dog.
Her dog, a collie, had already made it safely back to sure but the mother and child, who was being held in her mother’s arms, became stuck.
The coastguard operations room at Milford Haven immediately sent two coastguard rescue teams, the coastguard helicopter and two RNLI lifeboats from Minehead to the scene.
Within 15 minutes, the rescue teams arrived at the location but by this time the mum was up to her waist in mud and the rising tide was up to her chest.
The girl was immediately taken from her mother’s arms by one of the coastguard rescue officers and was brought safely back to shore.
The mother was freed a short time later and was winched from the scene by the rescue helicopter and was also taken back to the shore.
Both mother and daughter were then handed over to ambulance crews and were treated for cold and shock.
Neil Blewett, Aeronautical Operations Controller for HM Coastguard, said:
“This must have been a really frightening ordeal for the mother and child, but the woman did exactly the right thing by calling 999 and asking for the coastguard.
“We were able to get rescue resources out really quickly, which was lifesaving for this young family – the woman was up to her chest in water when our teams arrived.
“Happily enough, our teams were able to locate them quickly and extract them within minutes.
“If you do get stuck in the mud, try and spread your weight as much as possible and call for help immediately, by calling the coastguard on 999 or if you can’t get to your mobile, shout for help.
“Before you set out, remember to check the tide times – there are tide tables online – and leave plenty of time to get back before the tide comes in.”
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