A seven-year-old boy has had a lucky escape when he was rescued after getting stuck in mud for 40 minutes on Brean beach.
The boy became stranded while attempting to reach the sea, and the alarm was raised by his mother who was unable to reach him.
BARB Search & Rescue flew a hovercraft out to the boy, who - with the help of two Coastguard mud rescue technicians - were able to safely free him.
Once freed he was taken onboard the hovercraft, and flown back to the beach - much to the relief of his watching mum.
An ambulance was called as a precaution, but after checking him over for signs of hypothermia he was fortunately unhurt.
Mum Susie Roberts, who was visiting the beach with her son on a day trip from Bristol on Sunday (December 9), said she was relieved her son was safe and well.