Dog walker rescued after being ‘trapped’ in remote swamp area

BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Image: SimonRowley/BNPS Pictured: Ambulance Services with Emily. A dog walker who fell and was trapped in a remote swamp area saved herself by using her cell phone's flashlight to call for help. Emily Cox suffered a badly sprained ankle while walking her father's dog alone in the New Forest. She was unable to get up and extricate herself from the swampy ground and when the light faded she called dad Julian Cox on her mobile. He was able to locate their position using the Life 360 ​​app and drove from his home in Bournemouth, Dorset to their location near Picket Post near Ringwood.

Emily Cox’s father, Julian, had also struggled through waist-deep mud (Image: Simon Rowley/BNPS)

A woman trapped in a remote marshland saved herself by using the flashlight app on her cellphone to call for help.

Emily Cox, 24, suffered a badly sprained ankle while walking her father’s dog alone in the New Forest.

She was unable to get up and extricate herself from the swampy ground and when the light faded she called dad Julian Cox on her mobile.

He was able to locate their position using the Life 360 ​​app and drove from his home in Bournemouth, Dorset to their location near Picket Post near Ringwood.

Julian arrived 15 minutes later, parked his car and looked across the darkened landscape to catch a glimpse of a flash of light in the distance.

He walked through waist-deep mud and water to get to Emily, but was unable to save her.

Firefighters from Ringwood, Poole and Ferndown were called and used special equipment to reach the injured 24-year-old.

She was rescued around 7.30pm on Friday, three and a half hours after suffering the accident.

BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833) Image: SimonRowley/BNPS Pictured: Ambulance Services with Emily. A dog walker who fell and was trapped in a remote swamp area saved herself by using her cell phone's flashlight to call for help. Emily Cox suffered a badly sprained ankle while walking her father's dog alone in the New Forest. She was unable to get up and extricate herself from the swampy ground and when the light faded she called dad Julian Cox on her mobile. He was able to locate their position using the Life 360 ​​app and drove from his home in Bournemouth, Dorset to their location near Picket Post near Ringwood.

Julian was able to pinpoint his daughter’s position using the Life 360 ​​app (Image: Simon Rowley/BNPS)

Emily was warmed up and assessed at the scene by paramedics and it was confirmed that she had a severely sprained ankle but did not require hospital treatment.

Her father said: “When Emily called me, it was getting dark and she was trapped in the middle of the marshland.

“Luckily we use the Life360 app and I could see exactly where it was. I got in the car and arrived at the Picket Post lot 15 minutes later.

“I looked across the valley, which was dark, and I could see her cell phone light was on.

“I walked up to her while on the phone to emergency services and wading through waist-deep water.

“The fire brigade and rescue service were there very quickly – I can only praise that.

“One of the firefighters was chest-deep in the swampy wasteland.

“It was very dark, very cold and very wet.

“It was a very scary experience but luckily she had her phone with her.”

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