13 and 15 year old girls rescued after getting stuck in thick mud on beach during high tide (video)By Mason White 1:32 PM December 16, 2014
|The girls in the mud|
By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) Two girls were rescued after being stuck almost waist deep in mud.
The teenagers who were trapped in thick mud, were rescued from an incoming tide on Saturday afternoon.
The girls, 13 and 15 years old, were trapped on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, after trying to take a shortcut below the cliffs at Warden Bay.
Firefighters were called to the scene, but were unable to reach the girls because of the strong incoming tide. Firefighter called for a lifeboat to be brought in so that they can reach the girls safely.
When they were rescued, the teens were “frightened but unharmed,” authorities said.
The girls were rescued and taken by boat to shore, where they were treated for mild hypothermia by the ambulance crew.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service watch manager Andrew Bridger-Smart said: “The public needs to understand how dangerous mud can be and how unpredictable it is. What may seem to be firm and safe can be just feet away from dangerous mud.
“Though it may look firm enough to walk on, it is incredibly sticky and can cause a vacuum under the foot. That means the more you try to pull your way out, the more the vacuum holds you, which is what happened to the girls today,” he said.