Chopper rescue for man who got trapped in mud
A MAN who tried to take a shortcut across an estuary last night was trapped up to his waist in mud and had to be pulled to safety by a helicopter winch.
The 34-year-old Czech national was last night described as extremely lucky as his screams for help were heard.
The tide was already turning back in his direction as he remained trapped in muck in the estuary that separates Portmarnock from Sutton in Co Dublin.
The incident occurred at 5.15pm. His mobile phone was broken and he screamed, hoping someone would hear him.
Luckily a member of the public heard the man and called the emergency services. After the fire brigade failed to reach the individual, the Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Dublin was alerted.
The Coast Guard search and rescue was out on exercises and was diverted to the scene at Cush Point off Sutton.
They soon honed in on the man with a forward seeking infrared camera. The man was rescued about 400 metres out from the shoreline at Sutton.
He was flown back to the helicopter base at Dublin Airport.