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Ulverston team rescue four people after vehicle stuck in the sand off a Barrow island

FOUR people were rescued after their 4x4 became stuck in sands off a Barrow island.

The group’s 4x4 became stuck off Piel Island at around 10.45pm last night, a second 4x4, belonging to a Piel Island resident became stuck when it broke down attempting to tow the first vehicle to safety.

Ulverston Inshore Rescue, Furness Coastguard and Barrow's RNLI crew were called to the incident.

The inshore rescue team attempted to free the vehicles using quad bikes.

Lifeboat crew said low water had been at 10.20pm and the tide was just beginning to flood, making the situation quite dangerous for anyone trapped on the sands.

Two members from each team ventured onto the sand to search for the casualties whilst two members of the RNLI lifeboat crew walked onto the sand from the direction of Walney Channel.

The lifeboatmen used night sights and parachute flares to illuminate the scene and located the vehicles and persons near to Piel Island.

One vehicle had been attempting to cross the sands when it had become stuck up to the back axle and unable to move.

A second vehicle which arrived to try and extricate the first then broke down and neither vehicle could be moved or towed by the quad bikes.

The occupants of the vehicles were persuaded to leave the scene and the Coastguard and Ulverston teams then transported them to Piel Island and Walney and everyone was off the sands by 12.05am with the lifeboat being rehoused at 12.10am.

Second Coxon Jonny Long, of Barrow RNLI, said: “The sands are a dangerous place to try and cross especially when the tide is flooding and at night.

"All of the teams did a good job in getting these people safely to the shore.”

The callout finished at around 2.30am.

Have your say

Wouldn't it made more sense to try towing with a tractor than quad bikes surely someone with tractor could of been contacted

Posted by confused on 11 October 2013 at 15:51

These sands are highly dangerous even to experienced locals and should never be attempted at night. 10 out of 10 to the poor resident for attempting the rescue at the cost of their own vehicle. Well done to all involved. These cars are now off the sands. Why the folks were crossing at that time of night is a mystery .

Posted by Sophie on 11 October 2013 at 13:23

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