Press Notice No: 91
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Posted 19:58 GMT
SCOUT GROUP RECOVERED FROM MARSHLAND
A scout group has been recovered from marshland in Itchen Valley Country Park near Southampton this afternoon.
Coastguard rescue team meet helicopter at landing site
Solent Coastguard provided support to Hampshire Fire and Rescue in response to a report of 16 scouts and three scout leaders who were stuck in mud in Itchen Valley Country Park.
Solent Coastguard sent both Hillhead and Portsmouth Coastguard Rescue Teams which are mud rescue trained and equipped, as well as the coastguard rescue helicopter from Solent. Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Hampshire Police were also in attendance.
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.
Notes to Editors
Picture are available on request courtesy of Hampshire Fire and Rescue.
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Posted By: Julia Gosling
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