Teenage boy rescued from thick mud at scene of Morecambe Bay cockle pickers tragedy

A teenage boy was saved from sinking in thick mud in a dramatic two-hour rescue mission in Morecambe Bay.

The 15-year-old became stuck in the bog, near where 23 Chinese cockle pickers drowned in 2004, at around 2pm on Saturday.

A relative, believed to be his mum, contacted the coastguard which sparked a two-hour rescue mission before the boy was eventually freed.

Lifeboats, a hovercraft and a helicopter were all scrambled as part of the operation.

Coastguard crews rescued the boy off Morecambe Bay
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Dramatic aerial footage captured how rescuers used the hovercraft to reach the boy as crews worked to release him from the mud.

The boy was taken to hospital after he was pulled from the bog at 4pm.

According to the coastguard, the tide was going out at the time of the rescue mission.

The boy was freed after two hours
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Morecambe RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson, said: “We were already out on exercise when tasked and so able to respond quickly to the incident; which illustrates how the various agencies combine together effectively to achieve positive outcomes.”

A statement on the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s YouTube video of the rescue operation said: “Remember if you become stuck in mud or quicksand our advice is always the same.

“Stay calm, try and spread your weight as much as possible and avoid moving. Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

“Thankfully, the family member did exactly the right thing in this case.

The boy was unable to move after getting bogged down
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“Anybody trapped should discourage other well-meaning members of the public from attempting to rescue them because without the proper equipment they could become stuck too.”

In 2004, 23 Chinese cockle pickers, 21 men and two women, drowned or died of cold when they were cut off by the tide in darkness in February 2004.

Fortunately the tide was going out at the time
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The illegal immigrants had only been in Britain for only a few months.

In February 2014, the Mirror reported how gangmaster Lin Liang Ren left jail after eight years and returned to China.

He was sentenced to 14 years for manslaughter.

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