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Girl stuck up to her waist in mud at Five Arches 'lucky to be alive'

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:00 06 March 2017

Five Arches bridge

Five Arches bridge

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The youngster was rescued yesterday

Duck feeding turned dangerous on Sunday evening as a girl became stuck waist-deep in mud.

Fire fighters are reminding people to be careful around water after the youngster became stuck by Five Arches Bridge in Sidcup.

While feeding the river’s ducks, fire fighters believe the girl walked into the water and got into difficulties at around 6pm.

A quick-thinking firefighter was able to wade in and carry the girl to safety.

“This girl is extremely lucky to be alive and the incident is a poignant reminder about the dangers of playing near water,” said Bexley borough commander Graham Coles.

“I’d like to remind people that it’s not a good idea to go near the water’s edge especially if it is muddy and boggy.

“It’s easy to fall or get sucked into mud that doesn’t look deep until you start to wade into it. Crews did a fantastic job of rescuing the girl and working alongside crews from London Ambulance Service.

Crews from three fire stations, including Sidcup and Bexley, were at the scene, before the girl was rescued at around 7.15pm.

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