Sunday 4 December 2016

Sticky moment for treasure hunters

Published 18/04/2015 | 18:31

The pier at Clevedon, North Somerset, where a group of geocachers got stuck in mud
The pier at Clevedon, North Somerset, where a group of geocachers got stuck in mud

The Coastguard had to be called out after 15 people got stuck in mud while taking part in a hi-tech seaside treasure hunt.

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A lifeboat, two helicopters, Coastguard teams and a fire service hovercraft joined the rescue operation after eyewitnesses reported people in difficulty at Wood Spring Bay in Clevedon, North Somerset.

Two of those stranded were airlifted to shore by the Coastguard helicopter, 11 others were able to make their own way back and two decided to remain on scene. The group been geocaching, which uses a mobile phone signal to hunt for buried treasures.

Roger Reed, senior maritime operations officer for the Coastguard said: "The report came to us at just after midday today that 15 people were stuck in the mud and needing assistance.

"We have since discovered that they were undertaking the hobby of geocaching. This was in an extremely dangerous place and we would not encourage others to search in these areas because there are complex tidal patterns and deep mud.

"We would encourage all groups who are undertaking activities such as these to contact us with details of their event so that we have all of the information that we need to ensure the safety of those involved."

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