Girls rescued from mud

Published: November 7, 2006 | 5016th good news item since 2003

TWO young girls had to be rescued after becoming stuck waist high in mud on a Southampton river bank.

The pair became trapped near Monks Way in Mansbridge for around 45 minutes until their cries for help were heard.

Chris Thompson, 43, operations manager of the nearby Woodmill Canoeing and Outdoor Activities Centre, called the emergency services.

He gave the girls, who were on public land, a plastic exposure bag to help keep them warm until help arrived.

A team of 17 firefighters from St Mary’s and Eastleigh used special mud rescue equipment to pull the terrified girls to safety.

It took about 40 minutes to carry out the rescue operation after firefighters arrived at the scene at 2.30pm yesterday afternoon.

Both girls, believed to be aged 11 and 12, were dressed in T-shirts and jeans and suffered from exposure to the cold. They were taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital for treatment.

St Mary’s fire station manager Greig Lorimer said: “When we arrived the girls were quite distressed as they had been in the mud for about 45 minutes.”

He urged people to think of their personal safety if venturing out on to river banks. “At this time of year, with the amount of rain we have had, there is a lot of mud around.

“Along the river banks and streams you never know how deep the mud is.”

He said that during yesterday’s incident the girls stepped into mud that was 3ft deep.

Another girl, believed to be aged 13, was with the two girls when they started sinking, and ran off to seek help.

Mother of two Carole Kirby, 42, of Monks Way, described seeing the teenager covered in mud and offered shelter to her while the rescue operation continued. [Cartoon History of the Universe]

She said: “She was very worried about the two other girls. She said that that she had got stuck too but managed to get out.”

Mrs Kirby has called for more safety measures to be put in place around the riverbank with better lighting and signs warning of the dangers of the sinking mud.

She praised firefighters and paramedics. “They were absolutely superb,” she said.

Published in Kids & Teens, Rescues
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