News release text
Crews are urging the public to keep themselves safe around coastal waterways following two rescues on the Isle of Sheppey this weekend.
A man needed to be hauled to safety after becoming trapped chest high in the mud yesterday (Sunday) near the Seacliffe caravan park. Three appliances were sent to the scene and initially firefighters fought desperately to prevent the victim becoming further submerged.
Crews were able to free the man using shovels and he was helped to safety on a rescue path. Two other people, a man and a teenager, were also rescued having become partially stuck in the mud after trying to assist the victim before the arrival of the emergency services.
This followed another rescue in almost the same area on Saturday, where a woman and child got into difficulty along the cliff face at Marine Parade. A police helicopter was brought in to help the pair scramble to safety while fire crews assisted the victims in getting medical attention.
Sheppey Crew Manager, Paul Schembri, said: “These incidents highlight just how important it is for everyone to be extra careful when walking on any unstable surface. I would advise the public to stick to tracks and solid ground and if you are out walking ensure you have a mobile phone with you so if you do get into trouble you can raise the alarm.
“I also want to appeal to anyone to call 999 if they see someone stuck and in need of help, rather than attempting a rescue themselves.
“I would like to praise the efforts of all the emergency services involved in these two rescues; by working together we were able to ensure a successful outcome and prevented the injuries from becoming more serious.”