Drone images show Coastguard rescue teams coming to the aid of a metal detectorist stuck in deep mud at a beach.
The Coastguard was called to Herne Bay seafront just after 7pm yesterday after receiving calls for help.
Aerial footage captured by a passerby suggests the person was using a metal detector at low tide when they got into difficulty near the pier.
A Coastguard spokesperson said: “HM Coastguard coordinated the response after receiving reports of someone stuck in the mud at Herne Bay.
“Herne Bay and Sheppey coastguard rescue teams were able to get them out of the mud using their specialist mud rescue techniques and they were passed into the care of Kent Ambulance Service.
“Kent Fire and Rescue Service also attended.”
One fire engine and the water safety unit attended the scene for support but left just after 8.15pm.
High tide at the beach was at 1.15am in the early hours of this morning.
The Coastguard’s website says mud and quicksand can be dangerous as, once you’re stuck, it’s incredibly difficult to get out without help from trained rescuers.
As well as the danger of sinking, there’s also a risk of drowning because of rising water levels and tides.
To reduce the risks, beachgoers are warned to check the weather forecast and tide times, look out for warning signs and avoid crossing estuaries and walking through mud where there can be hidden channels of fast-flowing water.
If you do get trapped, the advice is to sit back to spread your weight evenly across the surface, stop others from trying to help you, as they might get stuck too and to call 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard.