Dog walker rescued after getting stuck in mud in Bradshaw nature reserve
12:40pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
A DOG walker had to be rescued at a nature reserve after becoming trapped in deep mud.
The woman, from Harwood, was out walking her springer spaniel yesterday when she tried to retrieve the pet’s ball from the quagmire, in the Upper Bradshaw Valley Local Nature Reserve alongside Bradshaw Brook.
Richard Bateman, who lives on the Bradshaw Hall Estate, raised the alarm after hearing the woman's cries, and said: “When I got to the new weir, where United Utilities has been working recently, I could hear someone shouting.
“I assumed it was someone shouting to a dog or child but when I stepped back on to the footpath I could see a woman in the distance waving her arms and shouting, ‘Help’.
“I could see she was in the middle of the meadow which is now a mass of soil and mud since United Utilities carried out pipework repairs there.”
Mr Bateman said that despite her ordeal the trapped woman remained calm, a bit embarrassed and a bit tired, and complained that her legs were aching because the more she tried to pull out of the mud, the tighter the mud seemed to grip her.
Mr Bateman raised the alarm with a neighbour, John Wallington, on his mobile who came to help rescue the stranded woman.
He said: “I don’t think she’d have sunk much further, but she was in up to her knees, just above the wellingtons she was wearing.
“She couldn’t have escaped alone.”
Mr Wallington walked the 200 to 300 yards from his home with a 24ft ladder to help rescue the woman, who is in her late 20s.
A spokeswoman for United Utilities said: “We will investigate the reasons as to how the woman got stuck.”
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