A 51-year old man was rescued by the Solent Coastguard in Hampshire, England Saturday when he became trapped in quicksand.
The man was walking along the beach at Milford by the Sea with his bike when the tide started coming in, according to BBC news. He moved further up the beach and became stuck in quicksand up to his waist. He was able to use his cellular phone to call for help.
The man was stuck for about 40 minutes before being rescued by teams from Lymington and Southbourne. A special coastguard mud rescue team also assisted the man.
Period of heavy rain in the area is believed to have caused the quicksand.
"The area near Milford on the Sea has already picked up 13.3 cm (5.22 inches) of precipitation. Normal for this time in June is 3.1 cm (1.24 inches)," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey.
Quicksand is formed when water flows between particles of sand and causes them to lose friction, according to unmuseum.org. The water acts as a lubricant and the grains of sand become suspended in the water and then becomes liquefied.
If you become trapped in quicksand, don't panic. Most quicksand is only waist deep and you should be able to reach the bottom. If you can't, dispose of any extra weight you may be carrying. Weight of a backpack or purse could cause you to sink faster.
The best way to escape if you don't reach the bottom is to swim towards firmer land with slow, deliberate movements. Caution people who try to help away from you to avoid them becoming stuck also.
It may take a long time to swim to firmer land, but by laying horizontal you will be more buoyant. With patience you can make it to safety.
Downpours and locally severe thunderstorms over the Central states will not only foil holiday weekend activities, but will also put some lives at risk.
A few days after a chilly storm departs the Northeast, warm weather will make a strong comeback in parts of the Midwest and the East later next week.
The storm responsible for the wind, cold, rain and snow in the Northeast Friday and Saturday will slowly ease up for the balance of the holiday weekend.
Another plunge of chilly air will set the stage for the risk of a frost and freeze centered Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and other nearby states this weekend.
"This pup was literally singing when he saw his family," Michelle Karolicki, relocation program manager of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, said about a reunion that took place on Thursday.
During Sunday's race, the skies will be variably cloudy with the risk of a few showers.
Tornado swarm in Iowa, Illinois and Michigan; 74 killed.
New York City (1861)
Snow was reported.
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Waterspout; 8 killed, one child was taken up, carried 500 yards and thrown in a slough but survived.