Two people stuck in mud in the Exe Estuary had to be rescued by Exmouth RNLI yesterday evening (Saturday, October 17).
The duo got into difficulty on the River Exe at the Duckpond near Mudbank Lane at around 5.20pm.
Exmouth RNLI launched its inshore lifeboat soon after and its crew swiftly founf the stricken pair.
They were freed from the mud and taken to safety at Exmouth Marina at arounf 5.50pm.
Neither was injured or needed medical attention.
Exmouth RNLI has issued safety advice for anyone walking close to rivers:
- Plan your trip: always seek local advice about safe areas to walk, check the tide and weather forecast and plan your route accordingly;
- Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back;
- Always take a means of calling for help;
- Use your eyes: if it looks soft or looks like mud, it probably is, so stay off it;
- Be aware that mud can appear/disappear quickly so areas of the beach or river bed that may have been mud-free half an hour previously may have mud patches on your return walk.
If you become stuck in mud:
- Try to spread your weight as evenly as possible across the surface;
- Avoid moving and stay as calm as you can;
- Discourage other people from attempting to rescue you, since without the proper equipment they could become stuck too;
- If you have a mobile phone, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. If you don’t, shout for help.
Anyone who sees someone in difficulty in or near water while visiting the East Devon coastline or rivers is urged to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard – as this could save somebody’s life.