A man who got stuck up to his waist in mud in a Worcestershire lake had to be rescued by fire crews.
Ambulance crews called to the lake near Larford Lane in Stourport-on-Severn found fire crews already trying to get the 25-year-old out of the mud.
A fire spokesman said the man, who was looking for snakes, had been in the mud for 50 minutes when they arrived and it was nearly up to his chest.
Emergency services were called by the man's mother after he phoned her.
George Marshall, of Kidderminster fire station's white watch crew, said they found the man about 3m (10ft) from the lake's edge.
He said he and his friends said they had been out looking for snakes.
"He thought the mud was harder than it looked and he started to sink," he said.
Fire crews managed to secure the man with a line and get him back to the lake side.
"He was pretty calm but I think he was quite relieved when we turned up," he said.
"His friends were all muddy from trying to get him out."
The incident took place on Saturday afternoon and West Midlands Ambulance Service were also called to the scene.
"Fortunately, the man had his mobile phone with him and dialled for help," a spokesman said.
The man was treated for the effects of being cold and he was taken to hospital as a precaution and later released.