Firefighters rescue walkers stuck in mud

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(Last Updated On: February 28, 2021)

The fire service were called by two walkers stuck in mud on a public footpath in the Mamhead area this afternoon, Sunday 28 February.

The walkers were stuck in mud up to their knees.

2 fire appliances, a 4×4 vehicle with specialist equipment and a special rescue officer attended the incident.

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset fire and rescue service said: “This incident is now complete and was brought under control at 1428hrs, with both walkers, who eventually sunk up to their waists, being rescued uharmed by 4 firefighters in wading suits, using mud mats and a mud lance to assist with releasing them. The mud lance was used to blow compressed air in to the mud and as close to the walkers feet and legs as possible to create an air pocket and assist with sliding the limbs out. Once released they were slid across the mud mats to a place of safety and checked over by our crews.”

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