One of those "assets" or declared facilities are the Coastguards own Volunteer Teams who depending on where they are in the country are trained in various disciplines.
Those disciplines are Rope, Search, Water Rescue and Mud and each of those disciplines have different levels , awareness, operator, technician.
|Dry Practise using a mud stretcher|
Swanage has been a Rope, Search and Water Rescue team , with a mixture of skill levels. Yesterday four of the team qualified as mud technicians.
|The equipment (both stretchers) towed out to a person trapped|
The mud rescue equipment is currently based in Poole , so anyone travelling along the holes bay road on Saturday will have seen us parked up on exercise.
Mud is a very different rescue skill and extremely physical - try walking with two small children attached to your legs for 4 hours and that should give you an idea of what working in mud is like.
Mud can also be quite toxic. Please don't try this at home, the rescuers wear dry suits, Floatation Jackets, gloves and "Mudders" special foot wear.