Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Man stuck in mud and water rescued off Portsmouth

A man had to be rescued after becoming stuck in mud as the tide was coming in off the Hampshire coast.

Solent Coastguard received a 999 call from a 13-year-old girl reporting that her brother and his friend were in trouble in the water off Portsmouth on Sunday night.

Rescue officers, police and ambulance crews were scrambled to an area between Tipner and Whale Island.

The 18-year-old brother made it ashore but a 21-year-old became stuck.

'Strong advice'

The police helicopter was used to light up the area and a coastguard rescue officer entered the water to help the man who was stuck up to his neck in the water, about 75m (250ft) from the shore with a flooding tide.

Both men were taken by ambulance to the Queen Alexandra Hospital while three others, two 13-year-old girls and a 19-year-old man, were spoken to by the police.

Steve Duff, Solent Coastguard sector manager for Portsmouth, said: "The coastal land at Tipner is subject to tidal conditions and, when the tide is out, leaves a large area of mud.

"It is strongly advised to keep clear of this mud. As we see from this incident, you can very quickly find yourself in trouble.

"Our coastguard rescue officers are fully trained in coastal water rescue and had to put that training to good effect in this incident."

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