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Man trapped in quarry is rescued

Blackhill Quarry
Rescuers spent more than two hours trying to extricate the trapped man

A man from Exeter has been rescued after being trapped in mud and sand at a quarry in east Devon.

Emergency services were called out to Blackhill Quarry on Woodbury Common at about 2300 BST on Friday when they found the man trapped up to his waist.

Police, fire and ambulance crews as well as coastguards used inflatable platforms and spent more than two hours extricating the man.

He was flown to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by police helicopter.

It is not known how he ended up in the quarry.

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