The full coastguard rescue team was called to assist a 6 year old boy who was stuck in the mud up to his waist. The boy had ventured onto the bottom of the landslip 150 metres from the river to the east of Charmouth. The boy had gone to help his dog who had become stuck in the mud. His father and a family friend had endeavoured to free the boy but he was too far away to reach. The coastguard was called rather than risk more people becoming stuck. The Coastguard helicopter winchman was able to free the boy. The boy was then taken by land ambulance to Dorchester Hospital to be checked over. Both the child and the dog are understood to be fine after their sticky ordeal.
The Coastguard has been made aware of over twenty people who have become trapped in the mud during the Easter holiday weekend. Please keep away from the mud and if somebody does get stuck, please do not hesitate to call the Coastguard on 999 rather than risk getting trapped yourself.