2013 Incident #5 03.02.13 1341UTC #0295

February 3, 2013

Whilst on a patrol of the local area, checking access points, The Initial Response Team was were sent to Charmouth beach following a 999 call.  Three people were reported as stuck in the mud, up to their waists, in the landslide to the east of the river Char.  On arrival at scene, it was quickly established that the children aged 11 & 13 had managed to free themselves but that their father remained stuck.  Dad had gone to try and  rescue the children himself and had quickly sunk up to his waist only a metre from safe ground.  Two local fossilers had then managed to to pull the father to safety as the mud rescue team mustered.  All were safe and well and able to return home straight away minus three pairs of wellies. 

If you become stuck in mud try to spread your weight as much as possible. If you have a mobile phone call 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard.  Avoid moving and stay as calm as you can.  Discourage others from attempting to rescue you, since without the proper equipment they could become stuck too.