Wirral Coastguard rescues elderly couple and two dogs stuck in the mud


Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team were called out to an elderly couple who were stuck in mud with their two dogs on the beach near to Leasowe Bay this morning.

Coastguard Rescue Officers quickly arrived at the incident and a scene assessment was carried out to assess the best method to access and then recover the couple and their dogs to safety.

Two specially trained Coastguard Mud Rescue Technicians wearing protective equipment and specialist mud boots called “mudders” accessed the mud and extricated the couple from the mud who were then recovered to safety along with their dogs using a basket stretcher.

A quick check over was given to ensure all involved were fit and well and that no medical attention was required. Flint Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked also to the incident but stood down en route.


Michael Buratti, Station Officer for Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team said, “Getting stuck in the mud is a frightening experience.

“Even being stuck ankle deep can render you unable to move. Coastguard Rescue Officers did a fantastic job this morning of getting to the casualties, reassuring them and getting them to safety quickly. Coastguard Rescue Teams practice for this type of incident all year round.

“There are a number of ever changing mud patches around our coastline and the mud often looks like wet sand and can catch people out.

“Our advice if the sand starts to become very soft underfoot is to retrace your steps back out if you can before you get stuck and take an alternative route.

“If you do become stuck, stay calm, spread your weight across the mud to stop yourself from sinking, discourage any well meaning members of the public from attempting to rescue you as they may get stuck, and like the couple did this morning, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard”.

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