Dramatic rescue after boy is trapped by tide

Fire crews were called
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FIREFIGHTERS were called to South Pier when a boy became trapped by the tide.

The 13-year-old boy was stuck in mud and water up to his knees next to the Pier on Saturday at 7.15pm.

Crews from South Shore, Fleetwood and Blackpool all attended the scene to help free the teenager.

The boy was trapped in the water for 30 minutes while the firemen blasted the sand away to help him climb out.

Once he was removed from the water, he was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for a precautionary check-up.

Crew manager Brian Jowett, from South Shore Fire Station, said: “The boy had been out playing with friends and family and once the tide started to come in he was caught out.

“We put practices into place to rescue him as he was completely stuck.

“Crews using specialist equipment had to break into the sand and we were able to man-handle him out.”

Although the boy was in no immediate danger from drowning, crew manager Jowett is urging people to be cautious and be aware of the tides.