Two women rescued after getting trapped in deep mud

Rescue teams deal with an incident in North Blyth after two women were rescued from the mud. Picture by John Tuttiett.
Rescue teams deal with an incident in North Blyth after two women were rescued from the mud. Picture by John Tuttiett.
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Two women have been rescued after getting stuck in mud in Northumberland.

Emergency teams were called out at 1.30pm today (Friday) after the pair got stuck in waist deep mud on the River Blyth at North Blyth.

Rescue teams deal with an incident in North Blyth after two women were rescued from the mud. Picture by John Tuttiett.

Rescue teams deal with an incident in North Blyth after two women were rescued from the mud. Picture by John Tuttiett.

The alarm was raised by a fisherman who saw the pair get stuck in the mud on the river bank.

Both inshore lifeboats from Blyth RNLI were called out along with Blyth and Newbiggin coastguard teams, three fire crews, several police officers, ambulance crews, and workers from the Port of Blyth.

The Coastguard had received reports of two people in the river near the former Alcan terminal at North Blyth.

A spokesperson for Blyth lifeboat said: “It appears the pair had been on the mud banks when they got stuck.

“A guy was out collecting worms and cockles and he raised the alarm and then helped the lifeboat crews get the pair out.”

An eyewitness said: “Blyth’s inshore lifeboat was quickly on scene and they were met by Port of Blyth workers who were trying to extricate casualties from the waist deep thick mud as other emergency crews arrived on scene.

“The other Blyth lifeboat began a search of the river.”

Both were taken by ambulance to hospital, where their condition is unknown.