Megan Nolan (right) rescued her son Jake (left) after he fell from a tree into mud that reached their necks (Image: Megan Nolan / SWNS)
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A mother jumped into sinking mud in a park to save her seven-year-old son from going under in a dramatic incident that has left the family “traumatised”.
Megan Nolan, 28, was celebrating Father’s Day with her partner Chris Knight, 31, and her children Jake and Lewis, 9, at Carrs Park in Wilmslow, Cheshire.
But Jake fell from a tree he was climbing into some mud and started to rapidly sink below the surface, according to Wales Online.
Ms Nolan and Mr Knight jumped in to rescue him and the mud quickly reached as high as their necks.
However, they were able to get Jake free and pull themselves to safety, losing two pairs of shoes and some sunglasses.
Ms Nolan said: "It just looked like normal hard mud.
The whole family including Chris Knight (left) made it out of the mud safely but were left 'traumatized' by the experience
(Image: Megan Nolan\SWNS)
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"I still cannot believe it now. It was like a scene out of a movie. I didn’t even know such mud existed.
"All I can remember is seeing Jake's face bright red and him screaming and my other little boy Lewis stood on the side shouting 'Mummy' and 'Jake, it’s okay'.”
She added: "They are both traumatised, as are me and Chris. We woke up the next day speechless and just couldn’t get over the whole situation.
"I don’t want anybody to go through that with a family member or a pet as I would never forgive myself."
Jake had set off on his own and climbed the tree when the family heard his screams.
Megan Nolan jumped into the mud to save her seven-year-old in the public park
(Image: Megan Nolan / SWNS)
"We were just strolling back to where he was before, but 15 seconds later the screams got louder and you heard the panic in his voice”, she said.
"We ran to him to find him up to his chest in sinking mud screaming."
Ms Nolan and Mr Knight jumped into the wet mud and dropped as far as their shoulders.
"With every bit of power in my body I managed to get my foot on to what felt like a hard bit of mud and I put my fingers into the ground above me and pulled myself up”, she said.
"Chris was screaming that he was stuck and for me to get to Jake because he can’t move.
(Image: Megan Nolan / SWNS)
"All I could think about was getting to my son – I didn’t care about me, I didn’t even try to help Chris, I just wanted to get to Jake and get my baby.”
She managed to pull herself up and run to where Jake was and drag him out of the mud.
Mr Knight was able to pull himself out of the sludge by holding onto a nearby branch.
The whole family made it out safely but lost two pairs of shoes and a pair of sunglasses.
Ms Nolan said Lewis had a panic attack on the way home.
She has contacted the National Trust and been told a ranger will look into the sinking mud.
She said: "I feel 60 seconds later my son could have been in a much worse situation and a nice family night out ended in horror."