Falkirk parents’ plea after mud traps children

Firefighters were called to the scene after the children became trapped
Firefighters were called to the scene after the children became trapped
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Parents are calling for hikers to keep to footpaths after firefighters had to rescue a child stuck fast in mud.

Residents of Lionthorn, Falkirk, who called the marshland area in nearby woods “an accident waiting to happen”, were proved correct when two children aged nine and 11 became trapped in the mud on Monday night.

Elaine Henderson said: “On this particular night children ventured down the newly built cycle paths in Lionthorn Woods. My nine-year-old son Thomas suddenly found himself stuck, unable to move and slowly sinking into the ground.”

An 11-year-old girl also became trapped when she tried to help free him and their friends immediately used their mobile phones to tell parents the situation.

Adults quickly arrived and used tree branches to help free Thomas, but the girl was stuck fast and the fire service was called in, with two appliances from Falkirk station arriving at the scene, near Lionthorn Road, just after 5.30 p.m.

Elaine said: “Using two ladders with three men kneeling along them and the girl clinging on to their shoulders, they eventually managed to ease her free. One fireman carried her all the way back to her house.

“She had sunk down into the clay just below her waist.”

Parents in the area now want to make others aware of the danger.

“Throughout the woodland walkways, cycle paths and play parks open to the public, there is not a single notice or sufficient fencing alerting people to the dangers of the sinking clay,” said Elaine.

However, after Monday’s incident, parents stated Callendar Estate will now be erecting signs warning of the muddy danger and advising people to keep to the footpaths.