Somerset

Stuck boy, 10, rescued from seaside mud

Mud rescue Image copyright Barb Search-and-Rescue
Image caption In the second rescue a man had become exhausted after wading through thick mud near Uphill

A 10-year-old boy has been rescued after becoming stuck in deep mud while trying to reach the sea at low tide.

The boy, from Faringdon, Oxfordshire, was spotted in difficulty by a beach warden at Brean Sands, Somerset, on Saturday afternoon.

He was kept calm by the warden until the rescue hovercraft arrived and safely returned him to his mother.

Minutes later the same crew was called to rescue a male youth who had been spotted in the mud at nearby Uphill.

Chris Perks, from Weston Coastguard, said the youth had become exhausted.

As he was being taken back to shore rescue crews spotted another five people, including two young children, walking on nearby mudflats.

Because of concerns for the group's safety, the rescue volunteers called out the fire brigade hovercraft which helped bring the party back.

Image copyright Barb Search-and-Rescue
Image caption Both hovercrafts were used to bring the group back to dry land

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