Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


PHOTO: Firefighters rescue dog stuck in the mud

River Chelmer, Heybridge
23/09/2022 @ 15:30
Incident Number: 179168
In attendance: 1 x Maldon, 1 x Chelmsford, USAR

Firefighters rescued May, an Old English Sheepdog, earlier today after she became stuck in the mud in Heybridge.

Crews from Maldon, Chelmsford and our Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team were called to Heybridge at 3:30pm.

On arrival, crews reported that a dog was stuck in the mud after having a swim in the River Chelmer.

Two people had attempted to rescue her but were unable to reach her and called for help.

May had managed to get herself onto an island and crews worked to rescue her.

Water rescue trained firefighters worked with colleagues in the coastguard to rescue May by 5:50pm.

Mucky May was left in the care of her owner.

Watch Manager Martin Cable from Maldon Fire Station said: “It’s not just fires we get called to, we’re a fire and rescue service and we’re often called to rescue animals. If you see an animal in distress in the water or mud, please dial 999 for help and do not try to rescue them yourselves in case you start to struggle too.

“This was a great partnership effort to rescue May with our colleagues in the coastguard and our ambulance colleagues who remained on scene in case anyone needed help.”

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  • Dog rescue River Chelmer Heybridge 23-09-2022
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