Boy rescued from mud in Lancaster

Carlisle Bridge, Lancaster.
Carlisle Bridge, Lancaster.

A young boy was rescued after being stuck in mud up to his knees on the banks of the River Lune.

The boy, thought to be 12 or 13, was rescued by firefighters using an inflatable walkway and a sand lance after emergency services were called to the scene just before 6.30pm on Wednesday.

He was then tended to by ambulance paramedics.

The incident, near Carlisle Bridge in lancaster, was also attended by Arnside and Knott End coastguard crews, along with Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew.

Morecambe RNLI volunteer Deputy Launching Authority, Colin Midwinter, said: “We understand the fire service had been on scene at the incident for some time but the coastguard, who have the operational command responsibility for all incidents occurring in tidal areas, decided that when the incoming tide began to flood, it was prudent to have our specialist equipment and expertise on scene in case it was needed.

“We are just glad that the young man is safe and, as we are about to re-launch our “Respect the Water” campaign, wish to remind the public that in the event of similar incidents they should always call 999 and ask for the coastguard.”