Pregnant woman rescued from ‘sinking’ on popular beach

A pregnant woman was one of five people rescued from sinking in mud on a Merseyside beach. Lynne Burns and her family were pulled to safety from Crosby beach in the summer last year, but returned this Christmas to speak to the people who helped rescue them from the mud. Grandmother Lynne was with her husband, pregnant daughter, two-year-old grandson and son-in-law when they became stuck walking out to the Antony Gormley statues.

:Boris Johnson addresses nation ahead of Christmas as covid cases rise She said: “My pregnant daughter was the first to experience the sinking feeling of mud beneath her feet, I pulled her out only to then hit mud myself. She pulled me out.

It became obvious that we were in danger. “Then we saw the RNLI truck that had been patrolling stop and point in our direction. An amazing lady, who I now know was Katie, calmly talked my husband, who was closest, to safety.

“She then came out through the mud to help us. She helped us remove footwear and physically supported us all across the dangerous mud. She was so calm and reassuring and enabled us all to return to safety.

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“Returning to Crosby has really been quite emotional, and when I heard these amazing lifeguards are on duty 365 days a year and working Christmas day, it made me more determined to say thank you and offer them a small token of our appreciation. “Our Christmas this year could have looked very different had they not been there for us. I’m so grateful to them and urge people to support the RNLI’s Christmas appeal to ensure they can keep up the amazing work they do.”

Lynne and her husband returned to the beach to give gifts to the people who saved them. RNLI lead lifeguard supervisor, Andy Jordan, was one of the people involved in the dramatic rescue. He was there to meet the pair at Crosby beach.

They also took the time to Facetime Katie McMillan who was also there to help. Andy said: “It really is quite rare for us to be reunited with those we rescue so we are incredibly grateful to Lynne for making the trip here and for her kind gift. “We’re just pleased we were able to help and will be providing the same service this Christmas as we do 365 days a year at Crosby, which is the only RNLI beach which is lifeguarded all year, and does become particularly busy over Christmas with people enjoying walks and children enjoying their new toys.

“The main risk on Crosby beach is people walking out to the statues and getting cut off by the tide or stuck in the mud, as Lynne and her family did. “A lot of the work we’ll do over the holiday period will be prevention – ensuring people are aware of the risks so they can enjoy the Christmas period safely with their families. “We’d really encourage people to check the tide times and remain within 50m of the promenade when enjoying the beach and be aware of the risks, especially the mud.

If you do find yourself in trouble, our advice is to keep as still as possible and call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.” Two lifeguards will be on hand at Crosby beach on Christmas Day should they be needed. The RNLI is offering the following advice:

Plan your trip:
o Always seek local advice about safe areas to walk, check the tide and weather forecast and plan your route accordingly
o Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back
o Always take a means of calling for help
o Use your eyes: if it looks soft or looks like mud, it probably is, so stay off it If you become stuck in mud:
o Try to spread your weight as evenly as possible across the surface
o Avoid moving and stay as calm as you can
o Discourage other people from attempting to rescue you, since without the proper equipment they could become stuck too
o If you have a mobile phone, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. If you don’t, shout for help.

For further safety advice, click here.

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