Friday 9 December 2016

Teen girl rescued by helicopter after getting stuck in mud while trying to save dog

Becky Barnes

Published 01/01/2016 | 16:51

Trimingham on the north Norfolk coast Credit: Google Maps
Trimingham on the north Norfolk coast Credit: Google Maps

A teenager who got stuck in the mud after trying to save her dog had to be winched to safety by helicopter.

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The girl was reported to have laid down flat to spread out her weight after getting into trouble at 11.49am in Trimingham on the north Norfolk coast, the UK Coastguard said.

Coastguard rescue teams including a helicopter attended the scene alongside police, ambulance crews and firefighters after a member of the public called 999.

Rescue teams believe the girl tried to save her pet after it became stuck in the mud. But while the dog eventually escaped, she remained trapped.

The UK Coastguard said rescue teams were initially unable to reach the teenager because the mud was very soft.

The dog was winched to safety while the Coastguard helicopter was dispatched from the north of England.

The girl was then winched to safety by the helicopter and assessed by ambulance crews at the scene.

Peter Macauley, of the UK Coastguard, said: "Although we understand that people are very attached to their pets and become anxious when they are in trouble, we would continue to urge people to call 999 for Coastguard when any assistance is required on the coast."

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