/Firefighters rescue a woman stuck waist-deep in quicksand on a beach
Firefighters rescue a woman stuck waist-deep in quicksand on a beach

Firefighters rescue a woman stuck waist-deep in quicksand on a beach


Getting out of bovver with a hover! Firefighters and a hovercraft rescue a woman stuck waist-deep in quicksand on a beach after she waded in to save her niece
  •  Witnesses said the woman’s niece had become stuck prompting her to follow
  • Rescue services arrived for both around 3.30pm and wrestled the pair free
  • Despite suffering embarrassment from the crowd the two were left unharmed

A woman and her niece had to be rescued from quicksand after the young girl wandered into the mire.

After following her niece 1000ft out under the pier at Weston-Super-Mare beach in Somerset, the aunt found herself stuck, sinking up to her waist.

Fire and rescue crews were called and arrived by hovercraft to help the pair out of the quicksand around 3.30pm on Thursday.

The rescue begins: Firemen begin laying planks of wood to provide a safer pathway to reach the stuck aunt

The rescue begins: Firemen begin laying planks of wood to provide a safer pathway to reach the stuck aunt

The fire crew were able to get close to the woman before laying planks of wood to provide a more stable surface to reach her.

One witness said: ‘I was getting a coffee on the high street when I saw the hovercraft going through town and down to the beach.’

‘I followed them to see what was going on, and there was already a crowd of around a couple of hundred as well as an ambulance.’

Having made their way across the planks the firefighters begin the tricky task of carefully pulling the trapped woman free

Having made their way across the planks the firefighters begin the tricky task of carefully pulling the trapped woman free

Pulled free:  After a lot of wriggling and pulling the firefighters were able to free the woman who was left caked in muddy sand from the waist down

Pulled free:  After a lot of wriggling and pulling the firefighters were able to free the woman who was left caked in muddy sand from the waist down

After 20 minutes the fire crew had managed to get across to the woman and after using the wooden planks to help lever her out, she was freed to a round of applause from onlookers.

Despite being entombed and at risk of sinking further, the woman appeared unfazed, using her phone to keep distracted before crews arrived.

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