Multi-agency mud rescue at Egremont

Hoylake RNLI hovercraft was requested to launch by the UK Coastguard at 4:20pm yesterday to reports of a person stuck in the mud at Manor Groyne in Egremont, Wallasey.

The hovercraft ‘Hurley Spirit’ and her volunteer crew launched and headed to the scene and were stood down en route when it was confirmed that the casualty had been extracted from the mud by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) crews were alerted at 4.11pm and on scene at 4.17pm. Two fire engines attended as well as the search and rescue appliance.

On arrival, MFRS liaised with the Crosby and Wirral Coastguard teams and two firefighters accessed the beach to make an assessment of the male whilst Coastgaurd Rescue Officers stood by in case a full extrication was required.

It was established that the male wasn’t actually stuck in the mud however had got into difficulty and came to rest on the mud to stop himself from sinking. The male was guided off the mud and was taken to hospital by North West Ambulance Service for a precautionary check over.

Following liaison with the Coastguard and police, two firefighters were deployed in water kit and assisted the person from the mud and to waiting paramedics. They were assessed at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.

Fire crews left the scene at 5.09pm.

If you get stuck in the mud:

  • Stay calm.
  • Spread your weight across the surface.
  • Avoid moving too much.
  • Discourage others from trying to rescue you as they may become stuck too.
  • Dial 999 for the Coastguard. If you don’t have a phone, shout for help.

Main image credit: RNLI Hoylake