A man had to be rescued after becoming stuck in the mud off the Essex coast last night.
His 16-year-old daughter raised the alarm just before 9.20pm.
Her father had got into difficulty on the mud flats at St Lawrence Bay near Maldon. He was trying to retrieve his glasses which he had lost earlier in the day.
Coastguard rescue teams were deployed from South Woodham Ferrers, Southend and Clacton. A rescue helicopter was also called to the scene.
The man was plucked from the mud and taken to Colchester Hospital. He is believed to be safe and well.
This morning, the coastguard said: "We would like to remind members of the public that the mud flats around the Essex coast are very dangerous."