2011 Incident #8 19.03.11 1419UTC #782

The whole Coastguard team was tasked to rescue a 10 year old boy who had become trapped in the quicksand 150 metres east of Charmouth. The boy was trapped in the mud up to his waist. He was only a few metres from solid ground but it took the Coastguard ten minutes to extricate him with specialist equipment. During the course of the initial 999 calls it was also reported that the boy’s parents had also become trapped trying to free the youngster. Luckily this was not the case. However because of the potential serious nature of the call, one pump from Devon Fire & Rescue, two pumps from Dorset Fire & Rescue, and a DFRS Land Rover were also mobilised. The boy was recovered safe and well and was checked over by a paramedic before returning home.

This is the first mud rescue this year and the Coastguard would like to thank Dorset Fire & Rescue for their support and getting stuck in. The Coastguard strongly advise all members of the public to stay well away from the mud and heed the warning signs. The location of the casualty, weather conditions and the state of the tide made this rescue relatively straightforward. However under different circumstances being trapped in this quicksand could be extremely dangerous to all concerned.

http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/mcga07-home/newsandpublications/press-releases.htm?id=102F62444280F788&m=3&y=2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-12799930

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1369209/Dramatic-moment-terrified-boy-10-rescued-sunk-mud.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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