FIREFIGHTERS are issuing a warning to people after a man got stuck in mud up to his knees.

Cumbria Fires and Rescue Service, the RLNI, the coastguard and police all descended on the beach to help the stricken man.

Services were called about 2pm Tuesday to help save the man from the incoming tide.

A spokesman for Silloth RNLI Lifeboat said: "A casualty stuck in mud up to their knees near Bowness on Solway, was rescued on Tuesday, by Silloth RNLI lifeboat.

"The lifeboat was launched at 1.58pm and reached the casualty at about 2.20pm, due to the lack of water could not get close to him.

"Two crew got off the lifeboat and made their way through the mud to aid the casualty.

"The tide was coming in rapidly and the casualty was very vulnerable.

"The rescue helicopter from Prestwick was involved along with Burgh by Sands and Maryport Coastguards and Cumbria Fire and Rescue.

"Silloth RNLI lifeboat crew accompanied the casualty back to the boat as it was impossible to get him safely onto the beach. The lifeboat then made its way back to Silloth with the casualty on board, arriving at 3.15pm.

"An excellent outcome to a very difficult situation."

Since the rescue Craig Drinkald, Head of Community Safety for CFRS said: "Be prepared if you're going to an area with quicksand, let people know where you're going. If you do get stuck distribute your weight evenly, don't put too much pressure on one point.

"Call the fire service or the coastguard, don't panic, relax we have specialist equipment to rescue you.

"If you see someone stuck call emergency services don't try to rescue them, we have the equipment and the training to do it safely."

Crews from Carlisle East, Workington and Wigton fire stations were also in attendance with a spokesman adding: "At about 2.30pm, appliances from Carlisle East, Wigton, and Workington, were mobilised to reports of a gentleman stuck up to his thighs in mud- with the tide rising, close to Port Carlisle.

"We would highlight the dangers of mud and quicksand- even if it’s only ankle deep, it can be enough to form a suction around your body rendering you stuck.

"Please adhere to warning signs, especially around coastal areas where the water conditions change rapidly."