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Firefighters Rescue Man from Mud

A man in his 20s was rescued by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service at the weekend after being stuck chest-deep in mud for nearly an hour.

Firefighters were called at around 3.10pm on Saturday 14 August to reports that a man was stuck in the mud somewhere near a pond near The Snipes in Stourport-on-Severn. Appliances from Stourport and Kidderminster were quickly on the scene and located the man near to the fishery off Larford Lane.

They pulled him to safety using a general purpose line and a pulley system, and he was then taken by ambulance to Worcester Royal Hospital for medical checks.

Watch Manager Len Rees explained: "It wasn't clear from the initial report exactly where the man was stuck in the mud and it was very much down to the local knowledge of the firefighters attending that we were able to locate him so quickly.

"This was key to the rescue as he had been in the mud for 50 minutes or more and was starting to get very cold.

"Although he was pretty shaken by the whole experience, he was not injured in any way and his visit to hospital for observations was thankfully more of a precautionary measure."

Watch Manager Rees recommended that anyone noticing anyone in trouble in similar circumstances should stay near to the casualty if possible as this way they would be able to help guide the emergency services to the correct location and would also be on hand to offer reassurance to the person in trouble if needed.