Alex Easton MLA has warned parents and dogs walkers to watch out for quicksand on Ballyferris Beach after 2 children got sucked into quick sand and had to be dragged out by adults.

Speaking today Alex Easton MLA said:

This is obviously not something you hear of everyday in Northern Ireland and I was surprised when I was contacted by the family this happened too, they were very concerned by what had happened to their two children and wanted action taken as they felt their children could have died if someone had not have helped them.”

Quicksand, also known as sinking sand, is a colloid consisting of fine granular material such as sand, silt or clay) and water. It forms in saturated loose sand when the sand is suddenly agitated. When water in the sand cannot escape, it creates a iquefied soil that loses strength and cannot support weight. Quicksand can form in standing water or in upward flowing water.”

I have contacted the Council Environmental Health and DEARA, and am hoping something can be done to ensure that the area is safe and that no children or even a pet may get themselves stuck.”