Two Girls Rescued From Mud In Portsmouth

Two girls were rescued from the mud in Langstone Harbour, Portsmouth after they went to rescue their dog and became stuck themselves.

At just before 3pm on Sunday 17th June 2012, Hampshire Fire and Rescue called Solent Coastguard to say they had been called to rescue two girls from the mud in Langstone Harbour, just off the Eastern Road, Portsmouth.

Two girls had been playing with their dog when they thought it had become stuck in the mud. They went to rescue it and became stuck up to their waists. The dog managed to free itself and made it back to solid ground.

Solent Coastguard sent Portsmouth, Hillhead and Hayling Island Coastguard Rescue teams who are all trained in mud rescue. South Central Ambulance and Hampshire Police were also sent to the scene to assist.

Using specialist mud equipment the girls were freed at just before
4.15pm.

Katharine Piggin Solent Coastguard Watch Manager said;

"The heavy recent rain and incoming tides can create areas of quicksand which quickly suck you in.

"If your dog becomes stuck in mud please don't try to free it yourself as you can become stuck yourself.

"If you do become stuck in mud you should try and spread your weight as much as possible and if you have a mobile phone dial 999 and ask for the coastguard. Avoid moving and stay as calm as you can. You should also discourage others from attempting to rescue you because without the proper equipment they could become stuck too."

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