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RNLI volunteers stage dramatic rescue of dog walker who got struck in mud on the beach

A woman walking her dog along the beach had to be rescued by an RNLI crew after getting stuck in mud. Credit: RNLI

A woman walking her dog along the beach had to be rescued by an RNLI crew after getting stuck in mud.

It happened near the near the Black Pearl pirate in New Brighton, Wirral.

RNLI volunteers found a woman near knee deep in mud in an area of up to 20-feet across.

"I managed to dig her feet out before getting her to sit back so she could free herself.

"We believe she had been stuck for at least 30 minutes, so I couldn’t be more pleased that we were able to be on scene so quickly and get her out of the unfortunate situation she found herself in."

– RNLI Lifeboat crew member Trevor Boyes
RNLI lifeboat crew member Trevor Boyes after successfully freeing the dog walker from the mud Credit: RNLI

Once back on solid ground, the woman declined medical assistance and headed home accompanied by her dog, which onlookers had cared for throughout her ordeal.

"Luckily it was still around 45 minutes to low tide, so time was on our side. But a Force 5 south-easterly wind made it a bit chilly so the sooner we got the casualty out the better.

"It only took a few minutes before she was on her way home.

"Although on this occasion our RNLI team was nearby and it made sense for us to immediately assist, in general we advise anyone in stuck in mud to stay calm, avoid moving around too much, and dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

– Mark Greensmith, RNLI
Mark Greensmith at the scene with trapped dog walker Credit: RNLI