Dorset Fire and Rescue (Swanage Station) provided some of expertise and muscle whilst the man was pulled to safety. We are advised that 7, yes 7 fire appliances were initially tasked to this call out. The Police also attended.
... work out for yourself the cost of this rescue! 7 fire trucks, a Coastguard Team and 3 police officers all for the rescue of a person. Whilst it seems a lot of people, each are required to provide a level of safety to each other and the public looking on.
Whilst in might look safe, the mud is actually really deep in places 4-6ft+ and there is a VERY real risk to life, especially to children. Often the slips dry and form a crust this allows people to walk a certain way across the mud until they fall through the crust.
Please, please stay away from the slips.
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The team were later called to an incident on the pier which was successfully resolved, thanks to Swanage Lifeboat for being ready to assist.