A DOG walker was rescued by RNLI volunteers after getting stuck in mud in New Brighton.

The RNLI New Brighton lifeboat crew were called at around 12.45pm by a member of the public who reported that a woman was stuck in the mud near to the Black Pearl pirate ship.

After alerting UK Coastguard, volunteers arrived on scene and found the woman nearly knee deep in mud.

RNLI Lifeboat crew member Trevor Boyes walked behind the woman before crawling over to her.

He told the Globe: "As the casualty was stuck in a fairly large patch of mud we couldn’t use our lifeboat or other vehicles to reach her.

"That’s when I put mud-rescue techniques into practice and crawled over to her.

"Once alongside the casualty, I managed to dig her feet out before getting her to sit back so she could free herself.

"We believe she had been stuck for at least 30 minutes, so I couldn’t be more pleased that we were able to be on scene so quickly and get her out of the unfortunate situation she found herself in."

The woman did not require any medical attention and then returned home with her dog who had been looked after by members of the public while the rescue took place.

RNLI deputy launching authority Mark Greensmith said: "Luckily it was still around 45 minutes to low tide, so time was on our side.

"But a Force 5 south-easterly wind made it a bit chilly so the sooner we got the casualty out the better.

"It only took a few minutes before she was on her way home.

"Although on this occasion our RNLI team was nearby and it made sense for us to immediately assist, in general we advise anyone in stuck in mud to stay calm, avoid moving around too much, and dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard."