Offbeat Woman trapped in quicksand on Calif. beach. Then her rescuers get stuck, too.

20:30  11 july  2018
20:30  11 july  2018 Source:   sfgate.com

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A walk on the beach in California took a frightening turn Tuesday morning when an elderly woman found herself mired up to her waist in quicksand, and when firefighters came to her aid, they also became stuck, according to the local fire department.

The troubles began when a 73-year-old woman was walking at the mouth of Mission Creek near the intersection of Garden Street and Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara, according to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department.

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The woman had gotten stuck due to a quicksand effect created by Hurricane Fabio. She was not seriously hurt and did not require transport to a hospital, the fire department said. Firefighters then filled the hole with shovels.

The woman was “extremely grateful” to her rescuers , who carried her up to her car, Brussell said. Brussell noted it is very rare for hikers to get stuck in quicksand , but it happened when sandy areas become saturated with water.

The woman reported that she had become trapped in the sand about 7:50 a.m.

Fire officials said surf from Hurricane Fabio created a "quicksand effect," because of the way water was pushed into the mouth of the river.

"Due to the nature of the conditions fire crews were getting stuck in the sand while attempting to perform the rescue," the Fire Department wrote on Facebook.

But with some quick thinking, firefighters were able to stabilize themselves in the sinking sand with the help of a roof ladder, working to free themselves and the trapped woman.

The woman was uninjured, and firefighters filled the hole in the sand "to prevent future entrapments," although they still advise caution in the area because of the sand conditions.

Filipa Ioannou is an SFGATE staff writer. Email her at fioannou@sfchronicle.com and follow her on Twitter

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Officials say it could take up to four days to complete the rescue of eight boys and their soccer coach from inside a northern Thailand cave. Authorities temporarily stopped their efforts Monday to replenish air tanks along the cave's treacherous exit route. Expert divers on Sunday managed to get four of the 12 boys to safety. Rescuers have been navigating a dangerous and complicated plan to get the children out under the threat of heavy rain and rising water underground. The entire group had been trapped for more than two weeks.___12:25 a.m.

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