Coastguard and firefighters rescue man in mud

Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare

Firefighters and Coastguard crew with hovercraft Crews from Weston-super-Mare and the Coastguard were called to the rescue of a man who had become stuck in the mud about 500 yards from the Tropicana.

The causality, a man in his twenties, was spotted by some passersby who called the emergency services.

With the tide going out two coastguard members walked 150 yards through the mud to the exhausted man in order to stabilize him, while firefighters from Weston-super-Mare launched the hovercraft.

Crews piloted the hovercraft to the casualty, who was stuck up to his thighs, and coastguard team, where they were able to pull the man out of the mud and into the craft.  The coastguard team then also got onto the hovercraft and all were taken back to the beach.

Station Manager Andy Southard said: “It was a quick, textbook rescue with excellent joint working between agencies.”

The casualty was taken to hospital by ambulance.