Men rescued from mud

By Martin Neville

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

 

TWO men became trapped waist deep in mud at Thorness last night (Monday).

The men had attempted to wade through rain-sodden mud and blue slipper, which enveloped an area of the beach, following a cliff fall.

One managed to raise the alarm with his mobile phone.

The Needles auxiliary coastguards used ropes and spades plus a team of ten to free the men.

Suffering from hypothermia, they were taken aboard Cowes RNLI lifeboat, which had been alerted by Solent Coastguard.

The men, who were aged in their 50s, had been trapped for more than 40 minutes, and one needed to be stretchered aboard the lifeboat, helmed by Matt Floyd.

When the lifeboat reached Shepards Wharf, an ambulance was waiting to take them for a check up at St Mary's Hospital.

It appears the men were from the mainland and were walking in stages around the Isle of Wight.

Solent Coastguard watch officer Matthew Kenney said: "These men were lucky the tidal conditions were in their favour, as, had the tide been rising at the time of their becoming stuck, it could have been a very different outcome.

"When you are planning a walk on the coast, always check the tide times, wear appropriate clothing and inform someone else of your plans.

"Make sure you are aware of the local terrain and plan your route in advance so, if you need to be found by rescue services, you can give an indication of where you are."

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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