Boy rescued after becoming trapped in Fareham Creek mud

Portsmouth coastguard called to reports of a body near Chichester

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POLICE, fire and the coastguard were called to rescue a boy who became stuck in the mud in Fareham.

The 14-year-old had called for help after becoming trapped as the tide started to come in.

Police received a report of a man stuck in mud at Fareham Creek, near Old Gosport Road, just after 7.30pm on Sunday.

Police were first to arrive and threw the teenager a rope to prevent him from sinking further.

They were then able to reach him on a boat to pull him from the mud, which was about thigh high at the time of the rescue, around 15 minutes later.

Despite the fire service responding with their specialist mud rescue team, the police had rescued the teenager by the time they had arrived.

Three fire engines attended and a multi-role vehicle, as well as a senior officer.

A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: ‘The Hill Head coastguard crew and the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service responded to a 14-year old boy stuck in the mud at Fareham Creek on Sunday. However, the boy was safe and well as our units arrived on the scene.’

A witness, who did not want to be named, said: ‘It was a lot of fuss over nothing.

‘He was released in around five minutes. He was just scared, that’s why he called for help.’

Park Gate Police later tweeted a message of congratulations to their police and fire service colleagues on doing such a good job in rescuing the teen.