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Firefighters free boy, 11, stuck in waist-deep mud in Hoveton

23:49 13 February 2014

Library picture of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service engine.

Library picture of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service engine.

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An 11-year-old boy had to be dug free by firefighters after becoming trapped in waist-deep mud in a farmer’s field.

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An 11-year-old boy had to be dug free by firefighters after becoming trapped in waist-deep mud in a farmer’s field.

Now the fire service is warning people to beware waterlogged and marshy areas, with further rain set to fall on saturated land this weekend.

The boy had wandered on to farmland off Summer Drive in Hoveton, where he became trapped in the freshly-ploughed earth – and called his parents on his mobile phone when he realised he couldn’t free himself.

They then called firefighters, who arrived at 8.55pm and spent 45 minutes freeing him in the cold and dark, using materials from a nearby building site to reach him over the mud and dig him out.

Police and ambulance crews also attended and the boy was taken to hospital, though is understood not to have suffered any injuries.

For more on this story, see tomorrow’s newspaper.

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