Pictured: Jurassic Coast fossil hunters rescued from sinking mud

Rescuers free a young man who had been trapped up to his waist in mud on Charmouth beach
Rescuers free a young man who had been trapped up to his waist in mud on Charmouth beach - Andrew Morel/SWNS

Coastguards were forced to rescue fossil hunters who got stuck in sinking mud on the Jurassic Coast where walkers took to the beach despite a recent huge collapse.

Teams were called out to nearby Charmouth Bay, Dorset, at around 1.45pm on Saturday after reports that someone was trapped in deep mud.

But just over two hours later, rescue teams were called out again as another person was stuck near the mouth of the River Char at around 4pm.

Shocking photos show the man, whose identity is unknown, being wedged in the mud before rescue teams were able to loosen his trapped leg.

Lyme Regis Coastguard said both people were safely rescued and checked over by ambulance crews as a precaution.

Specialist coastguard rescue team in action on Charmouth beach
Specialist coastguard rescue team in action on Charmouth beach - Andrew Morel/SWNS

And just down the coast at East Beach at West Bay, dozens of people were on the beach on Sunday afternoon despite a huge cliff collapse on Monday.

The National Coastwatch Institution spokesperson said: “It is an opportune moment to strongly remind members of the public to keep clear of mudslides.

“Whilst the surface may form a firm crust in dry weather, it will not be strong enough to hold a person’s weight and the mud will be soft underneath.

“When falling into the mud it can create a suction and draw the body in deeper.”

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