Woman, 20, in mud trap

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RESCUERS from the Fylde coast helped rescue a young woman who was trapped in the mud off Morecambe Promenade.

A coastguard crew from Knott End was scrambled after a distress call was received at around 6.20pm yesterday and they battled against the tide to pull her to safety.

Officers said the 20-year-old local woman had a miraculous escape and had she been trapped for five minutes longer she would have drowned as the water rushed in. It is understood she used the light from her mobile telephone to alert rescuers to her whereabouts so they could begin working to release her.

The RNLI and HM Coastguard worked together to get to the victim and a hovercraft was launched from RNLI Morecambe to safely negotiate the sticky mud.

An RNLI spokesman told The Gazette: “The tide was coming in quickly as it does there, by the time the RNLI team and coastguard got there she was up to her waist in water.

“It was critical they got her out pretty quickly.

“She’d had the presence of mind to us her phone as a torch to get them to her.”

A spokesman for the Coastguard Agency said the woman was fortunate to be unharmed in the incident but had received medical attention at the scene as a precaution.

He added: “They rescued the young lady from the mud.

“She was transferred to an ambulance waiting for her just in case.”

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