2008 Incident #52 10.12.08 1558UTC

The whole Coastguard Rescue team was called to rescue a 64 year old who was stuck in the mud at the foot of a landslip.  The man had walked from St Gabriel’s towards Charmouth and had to retreat further and further up the beach to avoid the incoming tide.  In the dark and at high tide, he was trapped up to his thighs in the mud near Westhay Water, some 2km east of Charmouth.  The coastguard team carried the necessary mud rescue equipment to the casualty.  Fortunately, Coastguard Rescue helicopter 106 was able to touch down on the beach and recover the casualty who had managed to extract himself from the mud.  The man was uninjured and was able to return to his accommodation that evening.

It is always advisable to check the tide times and to make sure you have enough daylight to complete your walk.

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