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Mobile phone light saves woman trapped in Morecambe Bay

Date
13/11/2012
What Happened
Person in mud
What Caused
Human factor
Casualty type/Qty
Casualty
Gender
Female
Causal Factors
Near miss
Injury Details
N/A
Outcome
Near miss
Alcohol/Drugs
n/a

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Description of Incident
BBC

The woman was saved by Morecambe Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) on Tuesday evening.

"We probably only had a few minutes left before the tide would have covered her completely," said Harry Roberts, RNLI senior hovercraft commander.

It is not known how the woman came to be trapped in the mud.

The RNLI volunteer crew and the local coastguard rescue team were called out at 18:30 GMT after reports of someone stuck about 400m from the Morecambe RNLI lifeboat station.

"She was very scared but fortunately was sensible enough to realise the light on her phone would help us find her," said Mr Roberts.

"She was stuck fast, initially knee deep in the mud but by the time we reached her she was up to her waist and the tide was coming in very quickly. As we managed to extract her from the mud, the water was up to her chest."

The woman was trapped in a deep gully and it took 20 minutes to get her out.

"We don't know how she had got into the mud or where she had come from, but we all hope she makes a full recovery," said Mr Roberts.

The Visitor

A coastguard spokesman said the woman, thought to be about 20 years old, had managed to raise the alarm by using her mobile phone to contact relatives, who then called the emergency services.

Morecambe and Knott End coastguards were called to the scene, along with the Morecambe RNLI crew.

The spokesman said walkers should be wary of the incoming tides and sinking sand across the bay.

“The sands of Morecambe Bay are notoriously dangerous and more recently with the amount of rain we have had it has been even more treacherous.

“People need to be very wary walking on the sands at this time of year.

“Even if the tide is out, with the amount of rain the sand is still very soft.”
Supporting Information
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-20321877
http://www.thevisitor.co.uk/news/morecambe-and-district-news/woman-rescued-from-sinking-sand-1-5126466

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