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  1. Published on: 11/07/2017 08:34 AMReported by: roving-eye
    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.

    A perfect example of this was demonstrated yesterday at a sand hole training exercise with 80 people from RNLI lifeguards Beach Wardens and the Fire and Rescue Service using a constant digging action racing against time to rescue a pre-buried casualty.

    We want you to enjoy yourselves at the beach - that's what it's there for - just take extra care when digging large holes that could trap you if they collapse. Let's share this and tell as many people as we can in time for the weekend. Stay safe folks and remember to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard if you see someone in difficulty.

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  3. Ruler!1 says:11/07/2017 12:20 PM
    It always makes me wonder when i see the RNLI coastguard in their hut at the beach - have they ever actually performed a sea rescue ? Considering they would have to sprint at least a mile before they get to the water !!

    I can imagine that our coastguards are more used to doing mud rescues than anything - and even then most of those have been done by the independent Southport Lifeguard as they have the quad bikes etc.


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