UPDATED: The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, HM Coastguard and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are all responding to what is understood to be reports of a man stuck in mud at Fort Victoria near Yarmouth tonight (Saturday).
Emergency services are working to free the casualty from their sticky situation using specialist equipment. They were called to the scene at just before 16:45.
UPDATE @ 18:15 – An elderly holidaymaker has been successfully rescued by emergency teams after falling down a bank and becoming stuck in mud up to his knees in a remote area of Fort Victoria.
The gentleman is lucky to be alive as he was only discovered by chance by a passing dog walker. With neither the casualty nor dog walker possessing a phone, it was down to another walker in the area to head back to the main car park to raise the alarm.
Coastguard Rescue Teams from Ventnor, Newport and The Needles, fire crews from Newport and Freshwater and paramedics have jointly worked to free the man and bring him to safety. Amazingly, he has escaped any serious injury but is said to be cold and tired.
The man has been stretchered back to the main car park and is now in the care of the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service. He is to be conveyed to St Mary’s Hospital shortly.
Tim Spencer-Peet from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, the officer in command of the incident, has issued a reminder to locals and holidaymakers a like.
“This time of the year it is stormy, wet, windy and cold.
“If you go out let someone know where you are going and always carry a mobile phone, so that if something does happen help can be summoned sooner rather than later.
UPDATE @ 18:35 – The casualty has been conveyed to St Mary’s Hospital, accompanied by his partner.
Emergency services have now left the scene.