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Man stuck in mud in river triggers major rescue

Man stuck in mud in river triggers major rescue

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:44am 3rd June 2019. (Updated at 11:25am 3rd June 2019)

A major rescue operation was launched over the weekend, after a man got stuck in mud in the Truro River.

Firefighters from the city, Falmouth, Penzance and St Austell were called to Calenick Creek, along with Coastguards.

Crews had to use a long pole and a sling to free the casualty on Sunday morning, saying he was trapped up to his knees.

"At 11:36 this morning the Critical Control Centre mobilised two appliances from Truro, along with the Water Rescue Units from St Austell, Falmouth and Penzance.

"On arrival crews discovered one person stuck up to their knees in mud, approximately 15 feet from shore.

"Firefighters used a long reach pole and sling to remove the individual".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

The incident is not the first time people have become trapped in mud in Truro...

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A man has had to be rescued from the Truro River after getting trapped up to his knees in mud

This was the scene in the Newham area back in April 2017, when another man had to be pulled free.

A passerby told Pirate FM it was a "close call" with only "minutes to spare" until he was covered by the rising tide.

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Firefighters from the city, Falmouth, Penzance and St Austell had to use a long pole and a sling to free the man

The month before, crews had to use a ladder and an inflatable mud path to free two others at the same spot.

The pair were treated by paramedics and transferred to hospital to be checked over...

Figures show that in 2015, 321 people died after tripping, falling or simply underestimating the risks associated with being near water.

Of the 50 who lost their lives in the south-west, 20% did so in Cornwall; the fourth highest of any county in England.

You can find the safety advice for being near water here.

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