Crews free 73-year-old woman stuck in ‘quicksand’ in Santa Barbara

Posted at 10:51 AM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 13:51:04-04

Fire crews helped free a woman who got stuck in a temporary "quicksand" bank in Santa Barbara Tuesday morning. 

The 73-year-old woman reported the incident from a sandbank near Garden and Cabrillo Boulevard around 7:30 a.m.

The city of Santa Barbara says a recent surf from Hurricane Fabio pushed water into the river mouth and created the quicksand effect. 

Rescue crews were also getting stuck in the process, so they had to use a roof ladder across the way to gain stability before freeing the woman, according to the press release. 

The unidentified woman was treated by first responders before she was released, although she didn’t report any injuries after the incident. 

Fire crews used shovels to fill the hole to help prevent future scenarios, but they ask the public to use caution on the beach in the meantime.