An Australia Day reveller trying to flee police during celebrations in Cairns has become stuck in mud and had to be rescued by officers instead.

The Victorian man, 21, got into a late-night argument with security and patrons at a licensed venue on Shields Street before leaving the area and trying to hide.

But Constable Matt Cornish said officers tracked the man's movements using the Cairns City safe security camera network and found him attempting to run and hide among mud and saltwater under the Cairns Esplanade boardwalk.

"The man ended up a little stuck in the mud and requested police assistance to get him out," he said.

Footage from one of the officer's body-worn cameras shows the man stumbling in the muddy water before reaching a hand towards the officer for assistance.

The man needed police assistance after becoming stuck in the mud. Picture: Queensland Police
The man needed police assistance after becoming stuck in the mud. Picture: Queensland Police


The officer obliged and the man was arrested and loaded into the back of a divvy van.

Constable Cornish said the man was taken to the Cairns watch house where he was issued with two infringement notices, one each for public nuisance and obstructing police.

Cairns police said they were "extremely pleased" with the behaviour of locals on the Australia Day public holiday, with minimal offences recorded in the region.

Among the others caught doing the wrong thing was a Trinity Beach man, 49, who was allegedly detected drink-driving and a Manoora woman, 27, allegedly found drug-driving.

He was fined for public nuisance and obstructing police. Picture: Queensland Police
He was fined for public nuisance and obstructing police. Picture: Queensland Police


Originally published as Man's embarrassing escape fail


OPINION: Perfect storm looming for state’s most vulnerable

Premium Content OPINION: Perfect storm looming for state’s most vulnerable

Harry Bruce’s cartoon of the day and readers have their say on current events.

Baffle Creek Men’s Shed changing lives

Premium Content Baffle Creek Men’s Shed changing lives

The organisation is confident of council approval to erect a new shed through grant...

Man sexually assaults woman while she is drunk, asleep

Premium Content Man sexually assaults woman while she is drunk, asleep

The man said they were both drunk and he thought she’d given consent. WARNING...