Woman rescued from mud after emergency services launch search in Glemsford

Firefighters attended the incident

Firefighters attended the incident - Credit: Archant

A woman who was trapped in mud and lost in Glemsford was found after a frantic search involving fire, police and ambulance crews.

The woman in her twenties called 999 around 6.50pm today when she got stuck whilst walking her dog in a field.

She had tried to follow her pet into two-inch high water, an offshoot of the River Glem in the village near Long Melford, when she got into difficulty, the fire service said.

Paul Goodman, station commander at Bury St Edmunds, said the woman was not sure of her location when she made the emergency call.

“It was really soft mud and she got stuck up to her thigh and despite her best endeavour to get out she didn’t manage to do it,” he said.

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“Luckily she had her mobile and had signal and so was able to call us. Through some really excellent work from fire control we located her. They got her to describe where she was and managed to get it to a swift conclusion.

“She was not sinking in the mud but she was in there for quite some time whilst we were trying to find her and get her out so she got a little bit cold.”

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The woman was located after around 30 minutes through her judging where the fire crews’ sirens were in relation to her position. She was rescued from the mud around 10 minutes later.

Police worked to control traffic on the B1065 so the four fire crews called could find her. The force helicopter was also readied but stood down after the search was called off.

Ambulance sent a hazardous area response vehicle and a paramedic officer. She was assessed and treated at the scene for shock and for being cold.

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