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Woman and two children are rescued from quicksand on a Somerset beach after sinking to their knees 

A woman and two children have been rescued after becoming trapped in quicksand in Somerset

A woman and two children have been rescued after becoming trapped in quicksand on a beach known for quicksand.

Fire, coastguard and hovercraft crews were called out after the trio got stuck in Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset on Saturday.

Two firefighters wearing safety gear quickly managed to free the boy from the knee-deep mud, followed soon after by the woman and girl.

A fire department spokesman said due to the rising tide, multiple teams were called in to enable a quick rescue.

A woman and two children have been rescued after becoming trapped in quicksand in Somerset

A woman and two children have been rescued after becoming trapped in quicksand in Somerset

Fire crews, coastguard and a hovercraft were called out after the trio got stuck in Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset on Saturday

Fire crews, coastguard and a hovercraft were called out after the trio got stuck in Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset on Saturday

Two members of the firefighting team wearing safety gear quickly managed to free the boy (pictured) from the knee-deep mud, followed soon after by the woman and girl

Two members of the firefighting team wearing safety gear quickly managed to free the boy (pictured) from the knee-deep mud, followed soon after by the woman and girl

An eyewitness said: “The lady and her two children just seemed unlucky to get stuck in a patch of soft sand and mud in the middle of the beach.”

“After raising the alert, emergency services quickly arrived within minutes to help.

“The lady was very relieved that everything ended well.”

The area around Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-Super-Mare has seen a host of similar incidents involving quicksand over the years.

In August last year, a holidaymaker was forced to watch helplessly as his car submerged in the sands off Weston-Super-Mare.

Amateur photographer Tim Curtis, 61, was heading to the seafront when he spotted a seven-seater Ford stuck in the sand and decided to capture the moment on camera.

His footage showed all four wheels of the vehicle sinking into the sand as the helpless driver stood nearby on the phone and the tide approached.

Moments later, the van was submerged in the depths of the water, with only the top half of the vehicle protruding from the waves.

The holidaymaker was forced to watch helplessly as his van began to sink into the sand at Weston-Super-Mare beach on August 14 last year.

The holidaymaker was forced to watch helplessly as his van began to sink into the sand at Weston-Super-Mare beach on August 14 last year.

The helpless driver stood nearby as the tide came in and his seven-seater Ford was swept away by the sea

The helpless driver stood nearby as the tide came in and his seven-seater Ford was swept away by the sea

The holidaymaker had been trying to drive near the sea to get a closer look at his child when the vehicle got stuck and started to drift in the sea

The holidaymaker had been trying to drive near the sea to get a closer look at his child when the vehicle got stuck and started to drift in the sea

Mr. Curtis said she was told the holidaymaker had tried to drive too close to the sea to get a closer look at her child.

The disgruntled owner returned the following morning when the tide had gone out, but he was unable to retrieve the vehicle, which lay there the following night – more than four high tides since it ran aground for the first time.

Construction contract manager last insisted he had “no sympathy” for the driver because he had not read warning signs about driving on the beach.

In August 2019, a woman and her niece also had to be rescued from quicksand in Weston-Super-Mare after the young girl got lost in the quagmire.

After following her niece 1,000ft below the pier, the aunt found herself stuck in the mud, sinking up to her waist.

Fire and rescue teams were called and arrived by hovercraft to help the couple out of the quicksand.

The rescue begins: Firefighters begin laying down wooden planks to provide a safer path to reach the stuck aunt

The rescue begins: Firefighters begin laying down wooden planks to provide a safer path to reach the stuck aunt

After crossing the boards, the firefighters begin the delicate task of carefully extricating the trapped woman.

After crossing the boards, the firefighters begin the delicate task of carefully extricating the trapped woman.

Pulled free: After a lot of squirming and pulling, firefighters were able to free the woman who had been left covered in muddy sand from the waist down

Pulled free: After a lot of squirming and pulling, firefighters were able to free the woman who had been left covered in muddy sand from the waist down

Firefighters were able to approach the woman before laying down wooden planks to provide a more stable surface to reach her.

A witness said: ‘I was having a coffee on the main street when I saw the hovercraft going through town and down to the beach.

“I followed them to see what was going on, and there was already a crowd of around a few hundred plus an ambulance.”

After 20 minutes, firefighters managed to reach the woman and after using the wooden planks to help her out, she was freed to the cheers of onlookers.

Although she had been buried and was in danger of sinking further, the woman seemed seemingly unfazed, using her phone to stay distracted before the crews arrived.

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