A boy is lucky to be alive after becoming stuck waist deep in mud in a Wyre quay.
Fleetwood Coastguards say they would have been pulling a body from the water if police hadn’t have received an emergency call from someone who had spotted the stricken youngster.
The drama unfolded at around 7pm on Wednesday when the youngster, believed to be from Fleetwood, had accessed the treacherous mud flats from a slipway behind the old Stena Ferry site at Jubilee Quay.
It leads from a path on the Wyre Estuary which is popular with walkers.
Mark Sumner, Fleetwood Coastguard station officer, said: “It we hadn’t got there in time it would have been a body this morning.
“Apparently he was having a wander along Jubilee Quay but out of sight of the actual quay side. However a resident, who lives in houses near McDonalds, made the call anonymously believing someone was trying to break into the boats.
Apparently he was having a wander along Jubilee Quay but out of sight of the actual quay side. However a resident, who lives in houses near McDonalds, made the call anonymously believing someone was trying to break into the boats
“Fleetwood police attended thinking they were investigating a crime in progress and found the lad stuck.
“He was up to his waist and if it had been any longer, the tide would have been riding up his body.”
The area is notorious for soft mud which Mr Sumner described as being like ‘mushy peas’ and with a fast flowing tide which floods the quay in a matter of minutes, it’s firmly a no-go area.
At least 30 members of the emergency services helped with the rescue including Fleetwood fire crews, police and coastguard from Fleetwood and Knott End.
“It was a tricky area to access and it took us about 10 minutes to reach him and 20 minutes to pull him out,” said Mr Sumner.
“On photographs taken from the quayside, the boy can’t be seen because he was so far down.
“He seemed a bit scared and was complaining of pins and needles in his legs which is to be expected.
“An ambulance was waiting and they seemed to be giving him a thorough check over.
“We’re in the middle of the school holidays and I can’t impress upon people enough how dangerous it is, especially at Jubilee Quay, just keep away from it.
A Fleetwood Police spokesman said: “The boy, other than being cold, appeared to be uninjured but was checked over.
“A short 15 minutes later, the same area was submerged in the quickly rising tide.
“This incident could have ended very differently and we can’t stress enough the dangers of playing in tidal areas and in the mud.
“Please know what your children are up to, where and who with.”
Mark Sumner added: “If you do see anyone in difficulty, ring 999 and ask for Coastguard.”