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QUICKSAND HELL; SOS HOLIDAY KID IN BEACH SCARE; Girl, 10, rescued after getting trapped in freezing cold mud.

Byline: BOB GEDDES reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

A TERRIFIED 10-year-old girl was rescued after getting stuck waistdeep in quicksand yesterday. The youngster was trapped in the mud on the Solway Firth for about 90 minutes as emergency services battled to free her.

It's understood she was on holiday with her family when she got into trouble at Sandyhills Bay, five miles south of Dalbeattie in Kirkcudbrightshire.

Coastguard teams, police and firefighters rushed to the scene and used special equipment to reach her.

Holidaymakers - including the girl's family - watched the drama unfold 100 yards from the popular beach.

Firefighters laid out special platforms called ice paths across the mud before crawling out to free her.

She was taken to Dumfries Infirmary suffering from the cold.

The girl had not been named by police last night. Sandyhills caravan site warden Andy Thomas said: "The girl was stuck up to the waist in the mud. Luckily the tide was out at the time or it could have been completely different.

"There are signs up there warning people about the treacherous tides and you've got to be careful when on the coast."

A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "We sent two fire engines, a fire rescue boat and a support vehicle to the scene. We were able to rescue the girl using the ice paths and sand lance."

Coastguard teams from Portling, Kirkcudbright and Annan were called out along with the Nith Inshore Lifeboat.

A Coastguard spokesman said: "We got a call that two young people were stuck on the sands but one managed to get out and tried to free the other girl.

"It turned into a full-scale rescue with three teams of coastguards along with the rescue boat and firefighters and police."

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RELIEFSHE is carried off on stretcher after being freed

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