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Man stuck up to his knees in mud on Cornish estuary

Man stuck up to his knees in mud on Cornish estuary

Published by Emma Carton at 8:13am 13th September 2019. (Updated at 4:14pm 13th September 2019)

A major rescue has unfolded on a Cornish estuary, as a man got stuck up to his knees in mud.

Polzeath Coastguard Rescue Team led the operation at Porthilly Beach in Rock.

Firefighters from Wadebridge, Bodmin, Bude, St Austell and Falmouth  were also scrambled on Thursday.

When the teams arrived at the scene, they discovered a casualty trapped around 10 yards from hard ground.

Crews had to use an inflatable mud rescue path, throw lines and a shovel to help the man to safety.

Mud rescue at Rock
A major rescue has unfolded on a Cornish estuary as a man got stuck up to his knees in mud. Photos: Polzeath Coastguard

"Team members, arriving at Porthilly beach, initiated shoreline searches to locate the casualty.

"Further information came through that he was located a few 100m along the shore towards Wadebridge.

"Once the casualty had been located, a sitrep was passed back to Falmouth Ops Room and other emergency responses were confirmed.

"In addition to our team, Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and full time Senior Coastal Officer S11C were also tasked.

"Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were also requested and sent Fire Water Rescue Units from Bude Community Fire Station and St Austell Community Fire Station, along with an appliance from Wadebridge Community Fire Station and a Rescue Tender from Bodmin Community Fire Station.

"A Water Rescue Team from Falmouth Community Fire Station was also sent, but were stood down on route.

"On scene, a man was found to be stuck in the mud up to his knees, approx 10 meters from the shore.

"Fire crews released him by using inflatable rescue mats and shovels.

"Once released from the mud, teams still proceeding to scene were stood down and returned to their stations.

"A great multi agency response from everyone involved".

Polzeath Coastguard Rescue Team

"At 10:44am crews from Wadebridge, Bodmin, Bude, St Austell and Falmouth were mobilised to assist HM Coastguard with a rescue in mud.

"The casualty became stuck up to his knees in the mud approx. 10 yards from hard ground. 

"The crews from Wadebridge and Bodmin used an inflatable mud rescue path, throw lines and a shovel to extricate the person.

"At 11:49am our crew from Wadebridge confirmed the male had been rescued and was safely back on hard ground".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

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