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Date 11th January 2015
Casualty Person stuck in mud
Wind W 5
Launch time 1349
Recovery Time 1450
Crew Craig Sidders, Rob Judge, Liam Sidders
Details
The lifeboat was launched following a report of a two males, one of whom was stuck in the mud, cut off on the beach at Warden Point, Isle of Sheppey. The RAF Sea King helicopter from Wattisham was also heading for the scene having been diverted from an exercise.

The lifeboat arrived at the scene 8 minutes after launching and stood by offshore whilst the helicopter, which had arrived just before, winched the casualty, a male in his 20s, from the mud and placed him on the shoreline.

Two members of the lifeboat crew went ashore to assist the helicopter winch man with the casualty who was complaining of back pain.

The casualty was unwilling to be winched up into the helicopter so was placed in a basket stretcher and collar and moved to the lifeboat for transfer to Whitstable lifeboat station to be met by an ambulance.

The other male was walked from the scene by the Sheppey Coastguard.

Lifeboat Helmsman Craig Sidders said “This is the second incident in recent weeks at the cliffs on Sheppey, and follows similar incidents last year at Beltinge, Herne Bay. Today’s operation to assist the casualty was a text book affair but our advice to those contemplating walking along the cliffs or shoreline is to be aware of the very dangerous conditions that can occur with soft mud particularly following wet weather”.