A STRANDED dogwalker was rescued from mudflats near Egremont promenade this afternoon after trying to rescue her dog.

The 34-year-old became stranded about 10 metres away from the The Ferry pub after wading out to retrieve her pet, who had run onto the mudflats.

She called Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service who used mud rescue techniques to help her to safety.

Crews from Wallasey and Birkenhead community fire stations and the Search and Rescue Team attended the scene, together with the Marine Fire One rescue boat.

The woman was checked by paramedics at the scene but found to be suffering no injuries or ill effects.

Her dog returned to safety of its own accord.

Firefighters were at the incident for around 40 minutes.

Station manager Barry Moore, representing crews from Wallasey and Birkenhead community fire stations, said: "The woman waded out on to the mud after her dog and became stuck up to her lower legs.

"She was very calm and firefighters used salvage sheets to reach her before physically helping her to safety.

"We helped her get clean and warm and she was given a precautionary check by paramedics.

"Thankfully she was found to be unharmed and suffering no ill effects.

"Her dog was able to safely make its own way back to shore.

"The river is an extremely dangerous environment, even on low tide, and we would encourage the public to avoid the area whenever possible.

"Conditions change rapidly, both underfoot and with the varied water levels, so people can find themselves in a hazardous position with little warning."