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UPDATED: The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are responding to a mud rescue incident at Ryde Harbour this afternoon (Tuesday).

3 people are completely covered in mud from head to toe on the north side of the harbour.

Island Echo understands 1 male is refusing to attempt to self-rescue. The other 2 persons in the mud are thought to be carers who have gone to the aid of the individual.

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The Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are on scene alongside 1 fire appliance from Ryde. Specialist rescue appliances from Newport are also en-route.

The alarm was raised with emergency services shortly after 13:00.

UPDATE @ 13:30 – 2 of the 3 males have been able to free themselves from the mud and are now safely on the sea wall having climbed the rock armour.

The third male has run further into the harbour and is now sat in a small amount of water.

2 firefighters from Ryde have donned water rescue gear and have made tracks to the casualty, gaining access via a pontoon.

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UPDATE @ 13:41 – Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team are now on scene alongside the specialist mud rescue team of Ventnor Coastguard Rescue.

Thankfully, all 3 persons have now exited the mud and emergency services are safely back on the shore.

Paramedics are checking over 1 of the 3 males.

UPDATE @ 13:58 – A second casualty – 1 of the carers – has been stretchered to an awaiting ambulance from the end of the sea wall by members of HM Coastguard. He is now in the care of the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service.

The incident is now drawing to a successful conclusion

UPDATE @ 16:33 – Martin Groom, Station Officer at Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team and Dan Smith, Incident Commander from Ryde Fire Station have warned about the dangers of mud on our coastline. See the video below…

2 casualties have been taken to hospital this afternoon as a precautionary measure.

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