Posted: 02.02.21 at 09:33 by Mark Gorton
There were dramatic scenes on Thurstaston Beach yesterday when Wirral, Flint and Crosby Coastguard Rescue Teams were scrambled in response to reports of two people stuck in mud.
Due to the imminent high tide, the assistance of the Hoylake hovercraft was also requested, along with support from the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
Once on the scene it became clear that the people were stuck in mud at the base of Thurstaston Cliffs. The mud had been caused by a landslide which had poured debris down onto the sands.
Coastguard Mud Rescue Technicians were joined by RNLI crew and firefighters, and the multi-agency team worked together to free the first casualty who was brought on board the hovercraft.
The second casualty, who was suffering from a leg injury, had to be carefully extracted by hand before being taken on board the hovercraft using a basket stretcher.
The casualties were transported to safety and handed over to the care of the North West Ambulance Service.
The cliffs at Thurstaston are naturally unstable and the public should be aware that a collapse can occur at any time. For that reason we would urge members of the public not to try and walk over any collapsed material – or walk up the cliffs to go around it.
If you get into trouble on the coast or see someone in difficulty, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
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