The emergency services this afternoon rescued a woman who became stuck in mud in the estuary at Exmouth.
Firefighters and coastguards from Exmouth, Teignmouth Coastguard, and South Western Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics were called to the rear of the lorry park, near MS Marine Services boatyard, this afternoon, Monday, December 30, after receiving a report a woman was stuck in estuary mud.
The woman was freed by firefighters and taken to shore where she was checked over by paramedics.
Exmouth Coastguard Rescue Team is urging care when walking on estuary sands, which can turn to mud or quicksand.
An Exmouth Coastguard spokesperson said: “Please be careful when walking the estuary sands, they rapidly turn in to mud and quicksand without warning so you can easily become stuck fast – usually up to your knees but sometimes up to your waist.”
The woman was about 200 metres from shore when she became trapped in mud.
Exmouth Coastguard said: “Once on scene, Exmouth fire service deployed fire officers in dry suits and mud rescue shoes to assess the casualty.
“They were able to free the casualty fairly rapidly and escort them back to the shoreside where they were assessed by HART paramedics before release.”
If you see anyone stuck or in distress along the coastline or cliffs, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.