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A man was recovering in hospital after sinking up to his neck in shifting sands during an 11-hour ordeal. Terry Howlett, 29, of Darlington, Co Durham, was close to being submerged in the sea at Morecambe Bay, Lancashire, when he was eventually pulled to safety, coastguards said.

He had been for a walk on the sands at at 10pm on Saturday when he became stuck in mud up to his knees. "He panicked and sank deeper and deeper overnight until the mud reached his waist," a coastguard spokesman said.