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To editor

Thought this might be of interest as talk of sinking sands again.

There are sinking sands, they do not always occur in the same place they appear if condition are right.

If you live by the sea you should know the dangers. Perhaps you could inform people of the dangers, the fire service, coastguard and council could advise you on this.

My father saved my uncle at Pevensey Bay, he lost his wellies but was in no doubt Dad saved his life, you could hear the fear in his voice when he recounted the tale.

Christine Maderson

Editor comment: Christine has drawn attention to this report by BBC South East in 2006.

Boys recover after mudflat rescue

Boys recover after mudflat rescue

Image credit: Pevensey Coastal Defence Limited
Mud holes or ‘mud volcanos’ develop occasionally on the lower sandy foreshore. At these points, water is welling up in the form of an artesian spring driven by the higher water level in the beach. Consequently, they are most active as the tide goes out. They are dangerous in that sand is liquified and one can sink in easily to knee depth or beyond.