Woman left helpless and trapped after being ‘swallowed up by mud’ on beach

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A day-tripper who went for a gentle stroll on a Somerset beach became 'sucked in' to a notorious mud stretch and had to be rescued.

The woman from Bristol had set off along Brean Beach on Saturday but came into difficulties when the boggy sand sucked her feet leaving her stranded.

She desperately tried to free herself from the sticky mix of mud, sand, and water but was at risk of being pulled in above her knees so she had no choice but to wait for help.

Burnham Coastguards were called to her aid and two Mud Rescue Technicians rescued the woman.

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A Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team spokesperson issued a warning and said: "While a lady who was visiting for the day was having a relaxing wander along the beach she found herself in knee-deep mud.

"Slightly shocked she tried to get herself out but the suction was too great and she was firmly gripped by the sticky mix of sand, water, and mud.

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"When we arrived we could see immediately that she was not very far out at all and that a short walk with our equipment and a little digging would be all we needed.

"The two mud techs set about releasing her from the muddy confines and she was soon back on the hard standing and feeling very relieved."

But the stretch is notorious for it's sticky mud and the Coastguard warned others to be aware of the risks.

He explained: "A timely reminder before the expected heatwave next week that the mud lurks under the dry windblown sand and what may look safe is actually soft mud beneath ready to trap your feet.

"Stay up on the hard part of the beach, if the tide is out do not follow it.

If you do get into difficulty then spread your weight and call for help.

"Discourage others from trying to rescue you. If you have a phone, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

"Also tasked but diverted to set up a Helicopter Landing Site in Weston was the Weston-Super-Mare Coastguard Rescue Team which goes to show how our day can change in a second."

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