The Service is often called upon to support the police, the RNLI and the Coastguard with rescues of people who have got stuck in mud near the sea or close to other waterways.
Please follow the below advice before venturing out in such areas:
- Make sure you know the tide times, and be mindful of the currents.
- Abide by all local warning signs.
- Don’t wade out too far or into unknown areas.
- Don’t go out alone.
- Always carry a mobile phone and keep it as high on your person as you can.
- Stay on the paths, and keep dogs under control.
- Make sure conditions are safe; avoid walking or running near water in the dark, slippery conditions or in bad weather.
- If you’ve had alcohol, don’t enter the water, avoid walking alone and avoid routes near water.
- Never enter the water to try and help a person or animal – call 999.
If you find yourself in danger, you should:
- Stay calm and try not to panic.
- Avoid too much movement.
- Try and spread your weight so you are standing evenly.
- Shout loudly to attract attention.
- Call 999.
- Discourage other people from trying to rescue you.