It has been reported that a group of holidaymakers had to be rescued after the 4x4 they were travelling in began to sink into the quicksands of Morecambe Bay. The driver and three passengers had to evacuate the silver Land Rover Discovery when it became stuck 0.5 mile off the coast at Flookburgh, ahead of the rising evening tide. A crew from Bay Search and Rescue attended the scene and used Hagglunds tracked vehicles to tow the Discovery 3 to safety. The holidaymakers escaped uninjured during the rescue near West Plain that took two hours. The group were staying at the Haven Caravan Park in Flookburgh.
Bay Rescue training officer Mike Davis said, 'We cannot emphasise enough that, although the sands of the bay look to be a tempting place to visit, on foot or in a vehicle, they have an infamous reputation for catching out the unwary. This group had previous experience of driving their vehicle on sands on the west coast of Cumbria however, the notorious quicksand of Morecambe Bay caught them out, and they were very surprised when their 'go anywhere' vehicle sank. There is a vehicular right of way, shown on OS Maps, across Morecambe Bay but it has to be treated with the utmost respect.
This was a very easy recovery for the team, no harm came to any of the vehicle occupants and even the Land Rover simply needed a good wash but it could have been a very different story had the group still been there a few hours later as darkness fell and the tide came in and completely covered the area. Bay Search and Rescue is an independent charity established more than 10 years ago. It has an operational team of 15 volunteers, based at Flookburgh, and specialises in quicksand rescue and all-terrain and flood rescue inland. click here for Bay Search and Rescue.