A FATHER and son have been rescued after their boat got stuck in the mud at Langstone Harbour.
Portsmouth RNLI started the rescue just before 8.25pm yesterday after somebody heard shouting and called the coastguard for assistance.
The father and his 13-year-old son had been fishing near South Binness Island and hadn’t noticed the rate at which the tide was falling, causing them to become grounded on the mud.
At first, they tried to free their 16ft boat themselves by getting in the shallow water and dragging it free, but couldn’t make any headway and ended up cold, wet and exhausted.
The RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Brian’s Pride was launched, but its crew were unable to get within 100m of the stricken boat because of the thick, deep and sticky mud at low tide in the harbour.
It was getting dark and the wind was picking up and the father and son were at risk of developing hypothermia.
The RNLI asked the Coastguard to rescue them and they sent in a specialist mud rescue team. The team eventually reached the stricken boat and used a sled to pull the father and son across 150m of mud to safety.
They were then taken to hospital for further treatment.