An elderly man was rescued after becoming trapped in the mud for over two hours. 

Fire crews from Bridport and Charmouth Fire stations were called to North Chideock at 2.46pm yesterday, Thursday April 18, to rescue an 84 year old man who was stuck in the mud. 

It is understood he had become stuck while working on his land. 

A family member raised the alarm after struggling to make contact and found him stuck up to his knees in mud.

He was trapped for over two hours and had begun to suffer from hyperthermia.

A technical rescue team from Weymouth Fire Station was also sent to help with the rescue. 

Crews dug him out by shovel and hand, carrying out casualty care before he was extricated by a stretcher and passed into the care of the ambulance service. 

A spokesperson from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said: "We were called at 2.46pm yesterday with reports of a person stuck in mud near Venn Lane, North Chideock yesterday. 

"Technical rescue teams from Weymouth were mobilised along with one fire engine from Charmouth and one from Bridport. 

"On arrival, firefighters found one male stuck in mud suffering from cold exposure.  Spades were used to dig him out and bring him to a stable surface before being released into the care of the ambulance service."

A spokesperson for the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) said: "We were called at 2.48pm on Thursday, April 18 to an incident in Chideock.  

"We sent a hazardous area response team and an operations officer to the scene.”