With the warmer weather emerging over the past two weeks, many residents have flocked to local beaches to soak up the sun.
While you are having fun on the beach, it is important to stay safe and be aware of potential dangers.
The Wirral Coast Guard Rescue Team has given some advice to those heading to the beaches on how to make the most of their time safely and avoid getting stuck in the sinking mud.
A spokesperson for the Wirral Coast Guard Rescue Team said: âYou may not know it, but the Wirral Coast Guard Rescue Team is a specialized mud rescue team. .
âWe are trained to safely extract people from mud and always carry our mud rescue equipment on our vehicle.
âThe correct way to get our assistance is to dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.
âWe are aware, through the local press and social media, of a number of incidents of people stuck in mud in the area recently (not just Wirral).
âThe tides right now are such that large areas of Wirral beaches are exposed in the afternoons and evenings, attracting more people to these beaches.
âIf you are venturing out for an activity, be aware of your surroundings.â
The key areas that have been identified as dangerous by the team are: Leasowe Bay at the ends of the rock groynes, New Brighton Beach near the Black Pearl, the beach at the southern end of West Kirby Marine Lake, the River Dee anywhere below the high water line especially around Thursaston and anywhere on the banks of the River Mersey.
The spokesperson added: âPlease remember that mud is not static.
âIt cannot be mapped. It can move or be covered or exposed by sand, especially after stormy weather.
âMud can be hard to spot, but if you’re having trouble, the key is to stay calm. “
If the terrain gets too muddy, here’s what you need to do:
Avoid going any further in the difficulty. Retrace your steps if you can and take an alternative route
If you are blocked:
- Stay calm. Most traps are only knee deep
- Avoid moving too much. Agitation of sand and mud can liquefy it and speed up further trapping
- Distribute your weight by sitting down, it will prevent you from sinking further
- Discourage people from trying to rescue you, as they could also get stuck