'Horrific situation' for Devon boy rescued from mud

Callum Currie being rescued
Image caption The coastguard team used specialist rescue equipment to free Callum

The mother of a 10-year-old boy rescued from quicksand on a Dorset beach said the situation was "horrific".

Amanda Currie's son Callum, of Sidmouth in Devon, got stuck up to his waist on Charmouth Beach after a landslip.

He had been fossil hunting when he began to sink into the mud. Eight coastguards rescued Callum who was stuck for about one hour.

Coastguards said the best preventive measure was to avoid the quicksand and be aware of warning signs.

Lyme Regis Coastguard Rescue Team pulled the boy to safety using specialist rescue equipment.

He was eventually freed unharmed after the incident on 20 March.

Ms Currie said: "If that had been a toddler they would have been up to their neck.

"It was potentially horrific."

Callum said: "I took one step in the mud, then my shoe came off.

"I didn't realise that I was sinking and then I was waist deep in mud."

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