Beach mud warning to local walkers



First published in New Forest

LIFESAVERS have issued an urgent warning to walkers after a second incident of someone becoming trapped in mud on a Hampshire beach.

A woman in her fifties sank up to her waist near the base of cliffs at Barton-on-Sea and had to be rescued by fire crews.

It comes just three weeks after a woman walking her dog had to be rescued after getting trapped at the same location.

Now, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has urged people walking along the foreshore to take extra care.

Group manager, Kevin Evenett, said: “It’s vital local residents and visitors to the Hampshire coastline are aware of the dangers coastal mud can bring.

“People should wear the right clothing and keep to paths and firm ground when walking.

The fact dogs are able to run over the mud can give a false indication the area is safe.”

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