High surf from a hurricane off the West Coast apparently created some dangerous quicksand at a South Coast beach which trapped a woman.
Santa Barbara firefighters were called to the West Beach area just before eight a.m. Tuesday by reports of a woman stuck in the sand at the mouth of a creek. The found a 73 year old woman who was waist deep in sand, and couldn’t get out.
She was crossing the mouth of Mission Creek when she became stuck in a quicksand-like hole. Firefighters say surf from Hurricane Fabio pushed water into the river mouth, creating the dangerous situation. They used a ladder to get to the trapped woman, and to free her.
She was unhurt. Firefighters filled the hole. They are urging people to be careful when crossing Mission Creek’s mouth into the ocean.