Girl rescued from quicksand

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Dumfries and Galloway crews free child trapped in Solway Firth.

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Firefighters rescued a girl after she became trapped in quicksand while walking on a beach in the Solway Firth.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crews from Dumfries and Castle Douglas responded to the incident, which took place at Sandyhills near Dalbeattie around 11:20am on Monday 28 October.

Station Manager Colin Wallace said: "Crews arrived to find the child stuck up to the knees in quicksand.

"The firefighters reassured her she would not sink any further and immediately began work to get her out.

"Two inflatable walkways were used to provide a stable platform for the rescue to take place and firefighters used a sand lance to release her legs.

"We worked closely with our colleagues from HM Coastguard, Nith In-shore Rescue, and the police and ambulance services - and thankfully it resulted in a successful rescue.

"The girl stayed relatively calm throughout the operation and did not appear to be injured, but given the cold weather she was taken to hospital for a precautionary check-up."

Sandyhills is a popular beach with views as far as the Isle of Mann and the Lake District but, with the distance to the water's edge shifting from 50 metres at high tide to 200 metres at low tide, mud flats and areas of quicksand are exposed.

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency website states Sandyhills has an unusual tidal regime that can be dangerous for beach users, with visitors advised to check local information at http://easytide.ukho.gov.uk/EasyTide/.

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