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A group of Scouts had to be airlifted to safety after becoming stuck in marshland during a hiking trip in a country park.

At 4.35pm today, the emergency services were alerted that the group of youngsters aged between 10 and 13 had got into trouble in Itchen Valley Country Park in Southampton.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, South Central Ambulance, Solent Coastguard and Hampshire police were called out. Group manager Kevin Everett, of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘It resulted in a quick and happy resolution. The children all have smiley faces and are happily talking about their adventurous day.’

A Solent Coastguard spokesman said: ‘The Coastguard rescue helicopter located the group between areas of mud near the river. The helicopter was able to land on a stable area and lifted the group to dry land. Members of Hillhead and Portsmouth Coastguard rescue teams secured the landing site and all members of the group are reported to be safe and well.’