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Walker gets stranded in mud on Swanage beach

By mbarber  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

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DESPITE continued warnings, people are risking their lives by getting stuck in the mud on Swanage beach.


The area of the beach, situated near recent landslips, has become a waterlogged mix of mud and sand and is extremely dangerous. 


A walker was rescued by Dorset Fire and Rescue on Friday after ignoring the warning signs and getting stranded in the mud.


Steve Mackenzie, chief executive of Purbeck District Council said:  "We are extremely disturbed to hear that people continue to ignore the warning signs and are getting stuck in the mud near the landslip.


"It is particularly worrying that someone could take a chance at high tide or in the dark when there is no one around to see them.


Mr Mackenzie, has issued a plea:  "Do not ignore the warning signs, do not risk your life.  The signs are there for your safety."


Heavy rain in December led to parts of the cliff becoming unstable with a number of landslips causing debris to fall onto the sea wall and beach.


Further wet weather in January made the situation worse, with significant landfalls to the north of Ocean Bay, particularly in the section between Burlington Chine and Sheps Hollow. The ground is waterlogged, making the cliff unstable and at risk of further falls of rock and clay.

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