Teenager Daniel Traynor rescued from mud up to his chest at grandad's ashes site in Minster
Crews at the scene of the
mud rescue at Minster
by Lewis Dyson
A young man rescued after being stuck up to his chest in mud was
visiting the spot where his grandfather's ashes were scattered, it
Daniel Traynor, 19, had just returned from two weeks' survival
training in the Amazon paid for with money left to him in Jim
He walked to Minster Cliffs from his home in Clyde Street,
Sheerness, and started sinking in the clay yesterday afternoon.
Daniel was stuck for two hours before passers-by heard his
desperate cries for help.
Attempting their own rescue, the 13-year-old boy and man of
21 then also got stuck in the mud near Seacliff Caravan Park.
"She said: "They are amazing. They are my heroes. I want to give them both a big hug..." – Traci Traynor
Daniel's mother Traci thanked the two boys who came to her son's
She said: "They are amazing. They are my heroes. I want to give
them both a big hug.
"They stayed with him, they tried to help him, they put
themselves at risk.
"When you hear so much bad press about kids, you've got a really
good couple of kids there."
They called the emergency services to Royal Oak Point and rescue
crews launched a desperate race against time, at about
Crews from the coastguard and Kent Fire and Rescue Service
used a lance and shovels as they battled to clear mud from around
It took the rescuers two hours to free him using ropes and
specialist rescue equipment.
A coastguard helicopter then winched the man from the cliff
and flew him to Southend Hospital.
The coastguard helicopter
leaves the scene of the mud rescue at Minster
The two would-be rescuers were quickly released and also taken
to hospital for precautionary checks.
It came just a day
after a woman and her son suffered from hypothermia after
becoming trapped in mud at almost the same spot.
Firefighter Paul Schembri, from Sheppey station, said:
"This is a real lesson to everyone to be extra careful when walking
on any unstable surface, please stick to tracks and solid
"It may look safe to walk on, but you can quickly become stuck
and find yourself in a very dangerous position.
"I also want to appeal to anyone to call 999 if they see someone
stuck and in need of help, rather than attempting a rescue
"I would like to praise all firefighters involved for their
efforts in what was a very difficult environment.
"This was a multi-agency effort involving the RNLI, Coastguard,
police and ambulance services."
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