Woman rescued from mud by firefighters

Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare

The Avon Fire & Rescue Service hovercraft, FireflyThe Avon Fire & Rescue Service hovercraft has been involved in the rescue of a woman, who became trapped in the mud on the North Somerset coastline.

Crews were called to reports of a missing woman near to the Grand Pier, so working alongside HM Coastguard the hovercraft was used to search the area. The woman, thought to be in her 40s, was found approximately half a mile from the shore between the Grand Pier and Knightstone Island.

She was on her hands and knees and stuck in the mud. Crews worked quickly to free her and assist her on to the hovercraft.

She was taken back to the shore and handed over to ambulance crews. She was taken to hospital suffering from suspected hypothermia.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people to take care when walking along the North Somerset coastline. While we want people to enjoy the area we would advise them to check the tide times before venturing out. The tide in the area can turn quickly and soon result in someone becoming trapped in the mud.