Saturday, July 12 - Exmouth coastguards rescue pensioner stuck in mud

PUBLISHED: 14:10 12 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:17 10 June 2010

AN elderly man stuck in mud in the Exe Estuary on Friday evening sparked a rescue mission by Exmouth's coastguard team.

AN elderly man stuck in mud in the Exe Estuary on Friday evening sparked a rescue mission by Exmouth's coastguard team.

The pensioner was spotted waving for help some 100 metres off shore, close to the estuary car park, after deciding to go for a walk and losing his way.

Exmouth coastguard team got to work with their mud sled - which enabled them to carry out a quick rescue.

Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton fire crews were also called to the scene where they came prepared with inflatable mud mats to use against the mud's suction.

The firefighters aided the coastguard team by carrying the lifesaving sled along the foreshore.

Exmouth coastguards Gary Coles and James White, dressed in drysuits, pushed the sled out to the elderly casualty.

The sled was winched back by the rest of the Exmouth coastguard team.

The elderly male, on holiday in the area, was checked by paramedics and taken to hospital by ambulance.

The Exmouth coastguard team began a second search for the elderly man's wife - who had been waiting for her husband in a parked car in Exmouth.

She was discovered by police driving around the town looking for her husband.


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