Firefighters rescue three boys stuck in sinking mud near Cobden Bridge in Southampton

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THREE young boys had to rescued by firefighters when their boat became stranded in sinking mud last night.

The youngsters - believed to be 11, 12, and 13, were travelling in a dinghy on the River Itchen when they go into trouble close to Cobden Bridge at 7.30pm.

Firefighters were poised to launch water rescue operation with the Solent Coastguard after colleagues from St Mary's fire station were unable to reach them as their vessel began drifting downstream.

The youngsters eventually managed to grab hold of a boat close to the railway bridge further downstream before crews threw ropes to them and hauled them in.

They were wrapped in thermal blankets before being handed to ambulance crews to treat minor cuts to their hands.

Firefigter Neil Perry said: “We warn people to be aware of dangers on the river and make sure they wear life jackets when going out on the water.”

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10:16am Mon 30 Jun 14

steekeemcglue says...

Actually life jackets are totally unsuitable in that situation, they should instead of all been wearing bouyancy aids.... there is a HUGE difference.
Actually life jackets are totally unsuitable in that situation, they should instead of all been wearing bouyancy aids.... there is a HUGE difference. steekeemcglue
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12:12pm Mon 30 Jun 14

sass says...

Boat stuck in the mud? Wait for the next high tide...no problem.
Boat stuck in the mud? Wait for the next high tide...no problem. sass
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5:38pm Mon 30 Jun 14

beesdee says...

steekeemcglue wrote:
Actually life jackets are totally unsuitable in that situation, they should instead of all been wearing bouyancy aids.... there is a HUGE difference.
'Have', not 'of'!
You're correct, there is a huge difference - a buoyancy aid is just that, and not much good if you can't swim as they aid buoyancy rather than keep you afloat like a lifejacket. How do you know that they could swim? In fact, neither is of much use in mud.
[quote][p][bold]steekeemcglue[/bold] wrote: Actually life jackets are totally unsuitable in that situation, they should instead of all been wearing bouyancy aids.... there is a HUGE difference.[/p][/quote]'Have', not 'of'! You're correct, there is a huge difference - a buoyancy aid is just that, and not much good if you can't swim as they aid buoyancy rather than keep you afloat like a lifejacket. How do you know that they could swim? In fact, neither is of much use in mud. beesdee
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11:52pm Mon 30 Jun 14

sparkster says...

I agree life jackets or buoyancy aids arent going to help in mud, glad the lads are all ok and hopefully will think twice about keeping safe near water
I agree life jackets or buoyancy aids arent going to help in mud, glad the lads are all ok and hopefully will think twice about keeping safe near water sparkster
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12:16am Tue 1 Jul 14

Solent Soul says...

steekeemcglue wrote:
Actually life jackets are totally unsuitable in that situation, they should instead of all been wearing bouyancy aids.... there is a HUGE difference.
Life jackets are designed to keep a person who may or may not be conscious face up & head out of the water, buoyancy aids will not..
[quote][p][bold]steekeemcglue[/bold] wrote: Actually life jackets are totally unsuitable in that situation, they should instead of all been wearing bouyancy aids.... there is a HUGE difference.[/p][/quote]Life jackets are designed to keep a person who may or may not be conscious face up & head out of the water, buoyancy aids will not.. Solent Soul
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10:56am Tue 1 Jul 14

Jesus_02 says...

Call the coastguard in this situation, they have mud rescue teams and coordinate inshore life boats.

Why the Fire Brigade where called is anyones guess
Call the coastguard in this situation, they have mud rescue teams and coordinate inshore life boats. Why the Fire Brigade where called is anyones guess Jesus_02
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