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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters Rescue Woman Stuck in the Mud

05/10/2011

Crews from Ashley and Newcastle, including the water rescue unit, carried out a muddy rescue this morning after a walker got stuck in some mud in Ashley Heath.

"It isn’t obvious at first glance that there is deep mud in the area so we advise anyone walking in the fields off Pinewood Road to tread carefully."

Station Manager, Glynn Luznyj

The woman called the fire service for help after getting both legs stuck thigh-deep in thick mud in some fields off Pinewood Road.

Ashley was the first crew on the scene and located the woman by following her footprints along a path until they found her. She was in a lying down position with her legs stuck deep into the mud. Firefighters secured her with some rope so she didn’t sink any further and called for the water rescue unit to attend.

Station Manager, Glynn Luznyj said: "A woman was walking in the area and took what she thought was a shortcut and then found herself stuck in some deep mud. Luckily she had her mobile phone on her and after trying to free herself called the fire service for help.

"Fire crews were sent to the incident but once they located her they requested the assistance of the water rescue unit as specialist equipment was needed to reach her.

"Two inflatable walkways from the water rescue unit were used to allow the firefighters to access the woman and pull her free from the mud before leading her safely back to solid ground. An ambulance was in attendance and checked her over but she did not need to go to hospital, her husband came to fetch her once she was given the all clear.

"It isn’t obvious at first glance that there is deep mud in the area so we advise anyone walking in the fields off Pinewood Road to tread carefully as it appears to be a dried up pond which looks deceptively solid."

The incident was closed at 12.50pm.