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April 9, 2014

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Hovercraft Rescues Man

Hovercraft Rescues Man

An elderly man was rescued by hovercraft after becoming stuck in mud at Morecambe

Hovercraft Rescues – This elderly man was rescued from soft sand after he sank up to his knees in Morecambe Bay, an area notorious for treacherous conditions. At least 21 Chinese cockle collectors died in Morecambe Bay when cut off by rising tides on 5 February 2004 – incoming tides travel faster than a man can run.

Hovercraft Rescues Man

Hovercraft Rescues Man

Incoming tides change the viscosity of the mud, trapping victims – so rescue teams have to move fast and need an air-lance to pump air into the mud to release the suction, otherwise spinal damage can be done to the victim. Incoming tides can drown a person, hypothermia can also be a hazard, and affect the mobility of victims. Rescue hovercraft are required for rescues from mud, sand and ice, boats are pretty useless in such situations.

A spokesman for Morecambe lifeboat crew said the man had walked out from the Yacht Club slipway on the Promenade on Sunday morning when he became trapped. The incoming tide changed the viscosity of the mud trapping him – such rescues require a quick response.

The RNLI hovercraft and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service extracted the man and he was taken to hospital for treatment.

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