Family saved by hovercraft off the Lancashire coast

Morecambe RNLI hovercraft
Morecambe RNLI hovercraft
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A couple with their daughter and pet dog had to be rescued by hovercraft after becoming stuck in mud in Morecambe Bay.

The family called for help after realising they could not move as the tide came in around them.

The RNLI volunteer hovercraft was launched from Morecambe and the stranded walkers were brought back to shore.

The alert was raised at around 2pm on Monday after the family went walking in the bay and became stuck in deep mud close to Throbshaw Point, Heysham.

Keith Jackson, the Morecambe RNLI operations manager, said: “When people venture into the bay we would ask them to be careful.

“Even on a nice sunny day the conditions underfoot are hazardous and it is easy to become stuck in the mud or quicksand.

“On this occasion the family and their dog became trapped in the mud and the tide was coming in.”

The father, mother, daughter and pet dog were all unharmed.