Guided busway mud rescue

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TWO children had to be rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in soft mud on the construction site of the guided busway.

Fire crews were called to a site near Elmridge in Leigh after a family out walking got into difficulties at around 11.30am on Sunday.

The two adults, who were almost waist deep in mud at one stage, managed to pull themselves to safety but the two young children were stuck to their knees and were not strong enough to get out.

Crews from Atherton and Leigh fire stations and the water incident unit from Eccles managed to find an alternative route on to the part-built busway and wade across to rescue the children.

Ambulance crews checked out the family, who were suffering from the cold but unhurt.

Watch manager Dave Holden from Atherton fire station said: “The family was out for a walk along the bus route that’s under construction and through the fields, and they’ve tried to get across and got stuck.

“A lot of heavy plant machinery has been going up and down there and it’s churning up the mud. When it gets wet and cold, like it has been recently, there’s about two feet of soft mud.

“At one point the adults were almost waist deep in the mud but they’ve self-rescued. We had a young girl and a young boy who needed rescuing.

“They were just cold, and I think they were a bit embarrassed too.”

Mr Holden said walkers out near the guided busway route should think again before trying to use the building site as a short cut.

He said: “It’s a construction site and just because the gates are open it doesn’t mean it’s safe to go through if you’re out walking, particularly in this sort of weather.”