Monday, 18 February 2013


People are once again being urged to take extra care when out on the coast, after three separate incidents in Dorset over the weekend where people had become stuck in mud.

Portland Coastguard coordinated all three rescues, with the first on Friday lunchtime in Swanage where a man was stuck in mud near Pines Hotel. Swanage Coastguard Rescue Team and Dorset Fire and Rescue were sent to the scene and together they managed to extract the man safely.

The second rescue was on Saturday afternoon when Lulworth Coastguard Rescue Team responded to a report of two people stuck up to their waists in mud on the east side of Lulworth Cove. Once on scene, the two had managed to free themselves and apart from being cold, they were uninjured. They were given warm drinks by the Coastguard Rescue Officers and helped back to their vehicle.

The third incident on Sunday afternoon happened at Chapmans Pool on the Isle of Purbeck. Portland Coastguard took a 999 call from someone who spotted a man stuck in mud. During the call, the man had managed to free himself and was unhurt.

Her Majesty’s Coastguard is now urging people to make sure they take note of any warning signs, and not take any unnecessary risks. If you do find yourself stuck in mud, try to spread your weight as much as possible, avoid moving and stay as calm as you can. Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Discourage others from attempting to rescue you, as without the proper equipment they could become stuck too.