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Calshot RNLI assist in Multi-Agency Rescue

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Calshot RNLI launch D Class to assist in rescue of 15 year old girl stuck in mud

Recovery of Lifeboat back at Station

RNLI/Joanne Pearson

At 3.13pm on the 25 February 2017 Calshot RNLI launched the D Class Willett to assist in a multi-agency rescue with Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Hampshire Police, the UK Coastguard and South Central Ambulance of a 15 year old girl stuck in the mud near Hythe Marina.

On arrival at the scene the girl had already been freed from the mud and Calshot crew assisted in transporting the girl by stretcher from the shoreline to a waiting Ambulance.

With the tide being so low today the shoreline looked like shingle but was in fact very soft mud that caught the girl unawares.

Mike Croxson, Helm said: 'People need to make themselves aware of the mud as well as the water as although the surface looked like shingle it was in fact very soft, sticky mud.'
He also thanked Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service for hosing himself and the other crew members free of mud once the girl was safe.

Once back at the station the lifeboat and equipment had to be thoroughly cleaned of mud before being made ready for next service.

RNLI media contacts

  • Calshot RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officers Joanne Pearson, 07780 457731, and Peter Lewis, 07745 949684,
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London /South East/East), 0207 6207426/07785 296252,
The crew washing the mud from equipment

RNLI/Joanne Pearson

Washing of equipment
The crew washing the mud from equipment

RNLI/Joanne Pearson

Washing of equipment

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