Family in quicksand drama

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MEMBERS of a family who got stuck in treacherous sands in Morecambe Bay were lucky to escape alive, according to coastguards.

At around noon on Sunday, Liverpool Coastguard sent rescuers after reports of three people stuck in quicksand near the slipway at The Albion pub at Arnside with the tide coming in.

Arnside Coastguard launched its rescue jet ski and a mobile rescue unit but the family had dragged themselves out.

The visitors, from the Preston area, were said have been uninjured but ‘extremely shaken’.

“It was a very close call as the tide was metres away,” said lifeguard Nigel Capstick. “It is one of our worst nightmares to have persons stuck in quicksand as the tide is coming in and we would appeal to everyone to stay off the sands around Arnside as they are truly treacherous.”

A local hotelier said the council needed to put up more prominent signs to warn people of the danger.