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  1. Published on: 23/03/2020 08:03 AMReported by: roving-eye
    The team was tasked along with our colleagues from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Merseyside Police, North West Ambulance Service (Hazardous Area Response Team), National Trust Staff.

    To a report of a male stuck in the sand on Formby Beach at the end of Lifeboat Road.
    As the team were searching the area, further information was received that the casualty had been found by one of the other rescue teams.

    It was discovered that the casualty had been sliding down a sand dune when it collapsed down onto him. Friends of the male had managed to extract him from under the sand before emergency services could get to him.

    The casualty had attempted to vacate the area as he didn't want any fuss. Fortunately we managed to stop him from leaving and checked him over for any possible injuries. CGOC (coastguard operations centre) were then informed to stand down the other rescue teams from the search.

    As our assistance was no longer required, the rescue teams returned to their relevant stations and were stood down from tasking.

    FIRST OF ALL WE WILL HIGHLIGHT THE DANGERS OF BEING ON THE SAND DUNES.

    Due to our lovely coastline having many Dunes and areas where this potentially could happen we thought it would be beneficial to share this with you all.

    Don’t dig large holes or tunnels in the sand. Small sandcastles and holes are fine, but never dig anything deeper than waist height, as the sand can collapse and crush or suffocate you.

    Don’t wander too far along the shore, especially if beach exits are limited. You could become cut off by the tide, so remember to check what the tide is doing. If your stroll takes you around a headland or rocks, you can easily be cut off if the tide comes in when you aren’t expecting it.

    Sand hole collapses are rare but can be lethal if you become trapped in one. There’s nothing wrong with digging holes at the beach and filling them with water for your kids to play in. But if you dig a hole so deep that your head is barely poking out or burrow into a sand dune then you could be putting your life at risk. If it’s taken you three hours to dig your hole – that’s how long it might take someone to dig you out.

    These deeper types of holes are highly unstable. The wet harder sand that you dig out will dry out in the sun making it loose and the deeper you dig the more danger there is of the hole collapsing inwards and potentially trapping you inside.

    The best way to rescue someone is to create a circle of people digging with their hands, then another outer circle will do the same while also removing the sand from the first circle, more circles of people digging will be added as they become available. This will then create a wider shallow hole with no risk of any further collapse of sand.

    IF YOU MANAGE TO GET YOURSELF OUT OF DANGER STAY IN THE AR
    EA OR ALERT EMERGENCY SERVICES THAT YOU ARE SAFE SO WE DONT PUT OURSELVES AT RISK BY CONTINUING TO LOOK FOR YOU.

    SECONDLY....During this very worrying time it has been advised by the government and Health Department for everyone to be self isolating, not only for your own wellbeing but for others. Today during this call out it was found that the car parks and beaches were rammed full of people. This isn't us being sensible, the only way things are going to get better for everyone is if we heed the advice given to us. So far there has been over 250 deaths in the UK and a staggering 14,300 deaths worldwide. Do you really want to gamble with your life?

    Please everyone not only are you putting both yourselves and members of you family at risk but you are PUTTING US EMERGENCY WORKERS AT RISK if you unfortunately find yourself requiring our assistance. We have our own health to think of and we all have families waiting for us to return to after we have attended our taskings.
    *** STAY AT HOME AND SELF ISOLATE ***

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  3. Little Londoner says:23/03/2020 03:00 PM
    I wonder who Tasked the Taskers to go Tasking as Tasking Taskers is a Task in itself.


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