Dad rescued from waist deep mud in Loughor as children watch
Emergency services rescued a man who was stuck in mud up to his waist next to Loughor Bridge - as his horrified young children watched on.
The 49-year-old became stuck in the mud on Sunday afternoon, and was spotted by someone from the bridge, who made the emergency call.
First on the scene was the Loughor inshore rescue crew, with their Avon 380 secondary boat which is equipped for shallow water work.
Crew members began to remove sand by hand digging down the side of the casualties legs, while a fire crew used a lance to penetrate the suction of the sand to release the man, who was wearing chest waders.
The two children, aged approximately five and eight, watched on in fear of their father’s safety, as coastguard staff reassured them throughout the operation.
John Edwards, secretary of Loughor inshore lifeboat, said: “We have to say a big thank you to the person that spotted the male from the bridge and called 999 and asked for the coastguard.
“It was a successful outcome to what could have been a tragedy watched by two young children. The boat was recovered and washed down and back on service by the evening”.
The rescue involved support from Swansea coastguard mud rescue crews from Burry Port, backed up by Port Talbot coastguard, as well as the Loughor team. Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service, H.A.R.T. Unit Bridgend, Welsh Ambulance service, Dyfed Powys Police & South Wales Police were also present.