Man rescued from beach mud slide on Gower

A walker in his 20s has been rescued after becoming trapped up to his waist in a mud slide in Gower, south Wales.

The man, who was alone, managed to call the fire service from his mobile and was freed after about an hour.

A rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor was scrambled to Rhossili beach to airlift the man to hospital in Swansea.

Coastguards warned walkers should be aware of the hazards of the local area and call 999 in an emergency.

The fire service informed Swansea Coastguard of the incident at 2005 GMT on Friday.

A spokesperson said the casualty was out walking and was "in a distressed situation, stuck in mud".

Swansea Coastguard sent Rhossili coastguard rescue team and Burry Port and Port Talbot coastguard mud rescue teams to the scene.

A rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor was scrambled and ambulance and fore crews were also deployed.

Will Parfitt, watch manager at Swansea Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said: "A coastguard rescue officer was first on scene, as the tide was too high for vehicle access he went on foot to the casualty and reassured him that help was on its way.

"The casualty, who was in his early 20s and thought to be local, was extracted from the mud and has now being taken by air to Morriston Hospital.

Mr Parfitt added: "Coastal walkers should always be aware of the hazards of the local area, and dial 999 and ask for the coastguard in an emergency."

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