On 10th September at 10.48am, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service received a call from the Coastguard regarding a lady stuck in mud at Galley Hill, Bexhill-on-Sea, opposite the Angling Club. An appliance from Bexhill and the Technical Rescue Unit from Battle were dispatched to the scene. On arrival, crews found a lady stuck in the mud with water up to her waist, and the tide coming in.
The lady had been stuck there for approx 20 minutes and had been trying to raise attention by waving her arms at passers-by. Eventually a passer-by did respond but was unable to get near to the woman due to the mud.
Fortunately the lady who was trapped had her mobile phone with her and was able to make an emergency call, which initially was put through to the Coastguard, who contacted East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.
Firefighters were able to assist the woman and pull her from the mud. she was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.
Station Manager, Bexhill, Scott Hartnoll, said, "Initial attending crews worked hard to successfully free the woman from the mud. If this had not been possible, we would have used the specialist mud rescue equipment carried on the Technical Rescue Unit.
"We would like to take this opportunity to remind people that whilst walking on the beach during low water, there could be soft areas of mud and sand, which could cause you to become trapped."