A YOUNGSTER who got into trouble on mudflats was rescued near Westcliff.

A spokesman for the Southend RNLI said: "Southend RNLI launched their hovercraft to go to the rescue of young person in difficulty out on the mudflats off Westcliff-on-Sea this afternoon.

"The young person was recovered by the hovercraft crew and brought to shore wrapped in a blanket by The Beach Hut Cafe at 4.45pm this afternoon, where he was passed over to the waiting Coastguard and Ambulance crews.

"Another dramatic rescue off our beaches in the sweltering summer heat.

"A big well done to all the emergency services once again."