Scouts Airlifted After Stuck In Mud

A group of Scouts had to be airlifted to safety after becoming stuck in marshland during a hiking trip in a country park near Southampton.

At 4.37pm on Sunday 15th July, the emergency services were alerted that the group of youngsters aged between 10 and 13 had got into trouble in Itchen Valley Country Park in Southampton.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, South Central Ambulance, Solent Coastguard and Hampshire police were all alerted to the incident.

A Coastguard rescue helicopter was scrambled and managed to land on a dry patch and airlifted the group to safety.

Group manager Kevin Everett, of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "It was a multi-agency operation which resulted in a quick and happy resolution to the incident.

"The children all have smiley faces and are happily talking about their adventurous day."

A Solent Coastguard spokesman said: "The Coastguard rescue helicopter located the group between areas of mud near the river.

"The Coastguard rescue helicopter was able to land on a stable area and then lifted the group to dry land.

"Members of Hillhead and Portsmouth Coastguard rescue teams secured the landing site for the helicopter and all members of the group are reported to be safe and well."