Scout rescued after falling in mud in Steventon

A boy scout has been rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in mud in a stream in Oxfordshire.

The 12-year old was taking part in an orienteering exercise when he fell into a stream running through Steventon.

Firefighters used water rescue equipment to free the boy at about 2120 BST on Tuesday, an hour after he fell.

He was freed within about 10 minutes, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue said.

Firefighter Steve Wright, based at Didcot Fire Station, said: "He had jumped in feet first and sunk quite a way into the mud."

Colleagues from Harwell 1st Scout group initially tried to free the boy, but were unable to get him out of the water.

Mr Wright added: "He was down to his waist in water, and it was a case of trying to see what was obstructing his feet."

South Central Ambulance Service also attended the scene, but the boy was unhurt.

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