A 14-year-old-boy had to be rescued by firefighters after he became stuck in mud.
The teen was foraging for fish bait with his 13 and 14-year-old companions at Hayling Island in Hampshire when all three of them became trapped.
Two of the youngsters managed to wade out and raise the alarm. Some 22 firefighters arrived to free the remaining boy.
The BBC reports that the crew threw a line to the teenager and pulled him to shore. He was suffering from mild hypothermia .
A spokeswoman from Hampshire Fire and Rescue warned of the dangers of becoming trapped in mud, and said it was imperative to 'stay calm' and avoid moving.
"If you discover a person trapped in mud do not enter the mud as you may become stuck yourself," she said. "If you are stuck you should let go of anything heavy that may be weighing you down and try to spread your weight as much as possible. Keeping calm will help to preserve your energy."