Sunday, September 28, 2008

[quicksand] how to get in and out

First the good news - you're not going to drown in quicksand - only sink down. The bad news is that stuck you will be and if you're in, say, Morecambe Bay, the tide will get you.

The science is here and below is a practical though misnamed video of how to get stuck and then escape:

Lindisfarne is a place where the tide is also treacherous though well known and signposted. Also, there are refuges [see pic above] dotted along the way, which is fine if you're in one car but what if you're a party of twelve people or so?

I've only once experienced this sort of thing. Being down at the beach in northern England, a few of us ventured round a point to look in a well known cave, only accessible from the sea side. That was fine but on the return, some fifteen minutes later, the tide had already started to come in and was round the ankles.

The thing which frightened us a bit was that it had not come in near where the cave was but it had snuck around the sides where we couldn't see it. A few minutes later, now back within safety but still paddling, it had risen to calf height. In forty minutes we would have been swimming over our heads.

Good luck in your ventures!


CherryPie said...

I have actually seen someone try to chance the tide as it was coming in at Lindisfarne. What a nut case!

Shades said...

I've always been tempted to have a look in that hut but I imagine it is less interesting than one might suppose, especially if the car is flooded to roof level.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

The very thought terrifies me!