South Scotland

Girl, 10, rescued from Solway Firth quicksand

Rescue operation
Image caption The rescue operation at Sandyhills took more than an hour to complete

A 10-year-old girl has been rescued from quicksand on the Solway Firth after getting trapped up to her waist in mud.

The incident happened at Sandyhills in Dumfries and Galloway at about 11:30.

Coastguard teams, police and firefighters used special equipment to reach the girl and free her.

The rescue operation took more than an hour to complete and the girl was taken to Dumfries Infirmary suffering from the cold.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "We sent two fire engines, a fire rescue boat and an incident support vehicle to the scene.

"We were able to rescue the girl, who is 10, using the ice paths and sand lance."

Coastguard teams from Portling, Kirkcudbright and Annan were called out along with the Nith Inshore Lifeboat, police and firefighters from Dumfries.

A Coastguard spokesman said the initial call said that two young people had been stuck but one managed to get out and tried to free the other.

Special equipment

He added: "Fortunately the tide was out at the time or it could have been very serious indeed.

"Once they got the special equipment in place they were able to extract the girl from the mud.

"She was taken by ambulance to Dumfries Infirmary suffering from the cold."

Sandyhills caravan site warden Andy Thomas helped ferry equipment to the scene on his quad bike and trailer.

He said: "The girl was stuck up to the waist in the mud.

"Luckily the tide was out at the time or it could have been completely different.

"There are signs up there warning people about the treacherous tides and you've got to be careful when you're on the coast."

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