OAP rescued from mud at Silverdale

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An elderly man had to be rescued from mud on the beach at Silverdale.

Coastguard crews from Morecambe and Arnside, as well as the Morecambe RNLI hovercraft were called to the area near Holgates Caravan Park at 1.45pm on Thursday, March 31.

It took approximately 15 minutes for the hovercraft to arrive at the scene.

The man was only three metres from hard ground on the beach but had quickly become stuck in the mud.

The Arnside coastguard using their own mud rescue equipment had managed to free the elderly gentleman.

The man was feeling cold and slightly dizzy so it was decided to transfer him via a stretcher on the hovercraft to Holgates caravan site in Silverdale.

There was a waiting ambulance crew who checked his medical condition.

Morecambe RNLI Senior Hovercraft Commander, Harry Roberts MBE, said: “With the coastguard, North West ambulance service and RNLI volunteer crew working closely together it enabled the casualty to be quickly rescued and transferred for medical assistance. This made the experience for the casualty a lot easier in a stressful

situation.”