Family and dog rescued from mud with tide coming in

The new Morecambe Lifeboat on a training exercise in Morecambe Bay'(2009)
The new Morecambe Lifeboat on a training exercise in Morecambe Bay'(2009)
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A family and their pet dog had be rescued after becoming stuck in deep mud with the tide coming in.

Morecambe’s RNLI hovercraft was launched on Monday afternoon at 2.02pm to assist a mother, father, daughter and their dog trapped in mud close to Throbshaw Point, Heysham.

The RNLI crew quickly arrived at the scene where the family were located.

The hovercraft crew used specialist mud rescue equipment to release the family members whilst at the same time reassuring them that they would soon be safe.

Once they were rescued they were taken to shore on the hovercraft to safety.

They did not need any medical attention.

On the same day at 6.14pm, Morecambe’s RNLI hovercraft was launched to help three people believed to be in trouble on a sandbank near Bolton-le-Sands.

Three fishermen were on the sandbank but crews ascertained it was a false alarm and were stood down.

Cross bay walkers had to be offered safety advice after a call that they were trapped on the sands at Morecambe.

The coastguard was called at 12.24pm on Sunday, August 23, after reports that people had been cut off by the tide.

It turned out to be a false alarm and the group were given safety advice.

Kevin Jackson, Morecambe RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: “When people venture into the Bay we ask people to be careful, even on a nice sunny day the conditions underfoot are hazardous and it is easy to become stuck in the mud or quick sand.”