Dorset mud warning after four people get stuck

Coastguards have issued a warning after four people got stuck in mud in three separate incidents in Dorset.

On Saturday, two people managed to free themselves after getting stuck up to their waists near Lulworth Cove.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has urged the public to avoid taking "unnecessary risks".

Purbeck Council has criticised people for ignoring warning signs on Swanage beach after a walker had to be pulled to safety on Friday.

999 call

The third incident happened at Chapman's Pool on the Isle of Purbeck on Sunday when Portland Coastguard took a 999 call from a person who spotted a man stuck in mud.

The man managed to free himself during the call and was unhurt.

An MCA spokesman said: "If you do find yourself stuck in mud, try to spread your weight as much as possible, avoid moving and stay as calm as you can.

"Call 999 and ask for the coastguard. Discourage others from attempting to rescue you, as without the proper equipment they could become stuck too."

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