UPDATED: A DOG owner had to be rescued by firefighters and the coastguard after getting stuck in mud trying to rescue his dog.

The coastguard was called at about 4pm yesterday after reports of a man sinking into the mud in the river by Hythe Quay, Colchester, after trying to save his pet.

Walton and West Mersea coastguards went to assist fire crews who were able to pull him and the dog out.