Published: 18:57, 25 July 2021
| Updated: 19:22, 25 July 2021
Jet skiers who were rescued after running aground in dangerous mud have prompted calls for people to be more vigilant in the water.
The two men got into difficulty on the flats in East Swale.
Sheppey’s Coastguard Rescue Team rushed to the scene, however their boat could only get within 200 yards of one of the water bikes because of deep mud.
With the second casualty a further 200 yards away, a crew member picked his way through the mud and made contact with the pair.
Both were cold and inadequately dressed and prepared.
The crew called on the expertise of two mud technicians from the Sheppey Coastguard Rescue Team who, after close analysis, used specialist equipment to reach the jet skiers.
The drama began at about 4.40pm on Friday and both men were taken to Kingsferry Bridge by 7.15pm but their crafts were left behind.
'This incident is another classic example of what happens when a fun trip out can turn into a dangerous situation'
With the mud technicians still at the scene, the crew managed to return them to base by 7.35pm.
Life-threatening incidents are becoming more common in Kent waters according to the RNLI, which issued a staunch warning to water users.
Spokesman Vic Booth said: "This incident is another classic example of what happens when a fun trip out can turn into a dangerous situation not just for, in this case the jet skiers, but also for the members of the rescue teams who are tasked to rescue them.
“Incidents such as this are becoming increasingly more prevalent, but with more preparation could so easily be avoided if strict safety rules are followed."
He issued a five-point safety plan including checking a craft’s maintenance is up to date, fuel is adequate, wearing life jackets, carrying communication devices and checking tide times.
“Tell someone ashore where you are heading and what time you expect to return,” he added.