Dog walker airlifted from notorious Barton mudflats

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Rescue teams at the scene (pictures: Southbourne Coastguard)

A DOG walker had to be airlifted by helicopter after becoming stuck waist-deep in mud on a notorious stretch of beach at Barton.

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The alarm was raised around 10.20am yesterday (Thursday) after the 49-year-old woman got into difficulty at Chewton Bunny, below Hoburne Naish holiday park – a site of many mud flats rescues.

Mud rescue teams from Lymington and Poole coastguard responded and used a platform to reach the casualty and a lance to inject water around her.

They also had to carry out extensive digging before she was freed, having being stuck for about two hours.

The coastguard helicopter was called

Following assessment by the teams, it was decided to call out the coastguard helicopter from Lee-on-Solent, and Southbourne Coastguard was sent to clear a landing site.

After being winched on board, the woman was flown to a waiting ambulance on the clifftop which took her to hospital.

No details about her condition were available, but a spokesperson for HM Coastguard Lymington said she was suffering from the effects of the cold.

The spokesperson reminded the public to take extra care when walking in the area.

“It’s a notorious area for mudflats which have been exacerbated by bad weather recently, with heavy rain.

“Walkers should be aware of this hazard. If you do get stuck, don’t panic, remain still and call the coastguard on 999.”

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