Man rescued from mud

PUBLISHED: 09:24 17 June 2011

Avon Fire and Rescue's hovercraft

Avon Fire and Rescue's hovercraft

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A MAN had to be rescued from the mud off Weston's seafront in the early hours of this morning (Fri).

Fire crews from Weston and Avonmouth, along with coastguard members, were called to an area near the Grand Pier at 12.30am following reports a man was stuck in the mud.

The Avon Fire and Rescue hovercraft was taken to the scene and used to search for the man, with those on board also using a thermal imaging camera.

After 45 minutes they found the man about a quarter-of-a-mile out from the pier, trapped in the mud.

Fortunately the tide was out and firefighters and coastguard members were able to use a mud lance to free the man. The lance uses air to release the suction around someone who is stuck.

The man, thought to be in his 30s, was pulled into the hovercraft and wrapped in a thermal blanket before being taken back to the promenade.

He was assessed by paramedics and taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia.

It is not known how long he had been in the mud by the rescue operation took about an hour to complete.

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