Coastguard rescues mobility scooter user after it fails in sand

Image: Whitby Coastguard

A man in Whitby had to be rescued by the local Coastguard last night after he became stuck in sand while trying to cross a beach on a mobility scooter.

Whitby Coastguard Team was paged to respond to a report of male on a mobility scooter and his dogs in the water by Whitby west cliff.

The male had become stuck while attempting to drive along the beach close to high tide.

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Paramedics and police attended the scene but members of the public had removed the man and his dogs to safety and paramedics assessed him for any injuries.

Coastguards assessed whether it was possible to recover the mobility scooter but this was not possible due to damage to the scooter and the state of the tide.

It was not divulged what kind of scooter was being used to cross the beach.

There is now a growing number of suppliers who are looking to bring all-terrain heavy duty scooters and wheelchairs to market for user’s who want to travel across challenging terrain like sand.

There are also a number of lighter duty solutions which are helping disabled people to access beaches. In July Cornwall Mobility launched a sandchair, designed in collaboration with Falmouth University and built in its own workshops.

The special chairs, which grant beach access for people with limited mobilities, are have since undergone user testing across Cornwall’s beaches.

While the chairs are currently for hire on beaches, the organisation noted that if the chairs can be designed and manufactured sustainably in Cornwall then there is potential commercial opportunity.

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