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Maritime And Coastguard Agency: Grandfather and grandson pulled from mud

News   •   Feb 17, 2010 10:08 GMT

At 09.20 this morning Aberdeen Coastguard received a 999 call from 2 wildfowlers in Munlochy Bay, Black Isle, stating they were stuck in the mud in a rising tide.

The Dornoch Coastguard Mud team along with the Inverness and Portmahomack rescue teams were sent to the area whilst the Kessock RNLI Inshore lifeboat and R137 (RAF Lossiemouth)were all requested to attend.

The Coastguard kept the caller on the line whilst units were scrambled.  As a Coastguard unit arrived on scene the rising tide was above the casualties waists and at just after 10.00 am the rescue helicopter arrived on scene and immediately winched the casualties to the Coastguard units on the shore.

Fiona Hastie, Watch Manager at Aberdeen Coastguard said

"The tide came in very rapidly in this incident and although pulling people out of the mud is not the best way to extract them, in this case, if the helicopter had not arrived when it did, the outcome could have been very different. Fortunately no medical assistance was required to the grandfather and grandson. Our advice is to always approach mud areas very, very carefully. Please check the tides with the Coastguard before venturing into such areas."

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