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Horror as Newhaven boys sink in quicksand at Pevensey Bay
A father has spoken of the horrifying moment his two young sons sank up to their necks in quicksand.
Stuart Huntly, 33, of Iveagh Crescent, Newhaven, was with his wife, Angie and boys Louis, seven, and James, three, in Pevensey Bay at 5pm on when they both started sinking in shifting sand.
Recounting the horrifying moment, precision engineer Mr Huntly said: “There was absolutely no resistance at all. It was awful. It was low tide and we had gone for a stroll along the beach.
“Myyoungest son is an absolute demon and had run off to play.
“Suddenly he just vanished.
“I heard a yelp and he was up to his neck. Luckily he had his arms out and that prevented him sinking further.
“Louis was up to his chest.
“I was shocked but managed to hoist them out.
“There were no warning signs that I could see.
“I warned other people in the area.”
He said initially James, 3, was upset, but subsequently found it humorous.
“He sees no danger,” said Mr Huntly, who added: “The area they had sunk into was at least three-foot deep.
“Any child three-foot or shorter would vanish instantly without a chance of getting out.
“We love the beach there and will keep going back but people need to knowthe danger.”
Ian Thomas, of Pevensey Coastal Defence Limited, which is responsible for managing the seafront, said it was likely the boys had sunk in silt which had gathered in one place because of the heat wave.
Mr Thomas said: “The calm weather has meant silt, which would normally be blown about, has become suspended.
“It is easy to sink into.
“I have seen it up to several feet in places.
“I know some people have got stuck in it.”
He said he believed there were signs warning of the danger in car parks along the beach, which is run in parts by Wealden and Rother councils.
But he added it was difficult to flag up exactly where it occurred because it moved.
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