Dorset

Dog walker rescued from Weymouth mudflats

Rescuers with the injured man
Image caption The man's condition quickly deteriorated when he was rescued

A dog walker was rescued after becoming trapped waist-deep in mud off the Dorset coast.

Firefighters were called to Fleet Lagoon, near Weymouth, close to the Army camp, at about 0855 BST after the man stepped into a puddle.

The 26-year-old was rescued after crews used specialist equipment to cross the mudflats and pull him to safety.

He was then airlifted by HM Coastguard to Dorset County Hospital, where he was treated for shock and hypothermia.

He has since been discharged.

Station manager Dave Myers, of Dorset fire and rescue, said the man was "very lucky" after a companion had raised the alarm.

"The mud compresses around the person and this can cause crush injuries which can be quite serious," he said.

"Our first impression was that he wasn't too badly injured but after 45 minutes when we started to release him he when into shock and became hypothermic and his condition deteriorated quite quickly."

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