A FAMILY was rescued from the mud near Devoran after getting into difficulties in their boat on Sunday lunchtime.

Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team said it was sent to the scene at Penpol Creek, near Point, alongside firefighters, Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue team and a Senior Coast Operators Officer shortly after 1pm.

A spokesperson for Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team said: "On scene a hire boat with six persons on board was discovered, around 240 metres off shore.

"Working together as one team, Coastguard and fire resources formulated a plan and committed two ‘technicians’ from each service to the mud.

"Given the weather and tidal conditions, it was decided to bring the family back to shore, as there were two young children onboard.

"Splitting the family between our two inflatable sleds, the casualties were winched back to shore, flanked by Coastguard rescue officers and firefighters.

"After a lengthy clean-up, we eventually stood down at around 5.30pm."

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The scene on Sunday. Picture: Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "Critical Control received an assistance call from Falmouth Coastguard Control to six persons stranded in a boat in the mud at Penpol Creek.

"A crew from Truro Community Fire Station and a water rescue team from Falmouth Community Fire Station assisted Falmouth Coastguard mud rescue team to rescue the stranded occupants of the boat, who were approximately 150 metres out from the shore line.

"A multi agency rescue took place where the occupants were brought to shore and safety using two mud sleds and a capstan winch."

The Coastguard reminded people that if they find themselves in danger on the coast they should dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

The spokesperson added: "Should you find yourself aground on the mud, please stay in the vessel. It’s much safer than trying to walk back without any safety equipment."