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Man rescued from mud

Ford Lane, Alresford
17/05/2018 @ 20:08
Incident Number: 77536
In attendance: 1 x Colchester, 1 x Wivenhoe, 1 x Urban Search and Rescue (Swift Water Rescue)


Firefighters were called to help a man who got stuck in the mud while working with boats.

The man was stuck up to his waist, around 25 metres from the shore.

Firefighters stayed with the man while the rescue operation was being set up; wrapping him in blankets to keep him warm.

Water trained firefighters then used a sand lance (a piece of rescue equipment which uses air to loosen the mud) to release him and then used inflatable paths to get him back to shore.

The man was rescued by 9.30pm. He was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Watch Manager David Bond said:

"This incident shows how unpredicable mud and water can be, even for people with experience of working in that environment.

"Getting stuck in the mud can be very dangerous, especially at night.

"Be aware of tide times and always carry a mobile phone. In the event of an emergency call 999.”

"If the worst should happen it’s important not to panic, spread your weight as much as possible and raise the alarm, shout loudly if you don’t have a mobile phone.”

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