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Huge emergency response to rescue man stuck in mud flats

PUBLISHED: 15:57 27 September 2020 | UPDATED: 10:21 28 September 2020

The coastguard was called to the scene Picture: FELIXSTOWE COASTGUARD

The coastguard was called to the scene Picture: FELIXSTOWE COASTGUARD

FELIXSTOWE COASTGUARD

All emergency services - including the coastguard, paramedics, firefighters and police - helped to rescue a man stuck in the Trimley mud flats this afternoon.

Firefighters have been called to the scene near Trimley Marshes (stock image) Picture: LISA-MARIE MAGOR/CITIZENSIDE.COMFirefighters have been called to the scene near Trimley Marshes (stock image) Picture: LISA-MARIE MAGOR/CITIZENSIDE.COM

Firefighters from five Suffolk stations were called to the incident next to the River Orwell.

Teams from Woodbridge, Princes Street (Ipswich) and Felixstowe fire stations were called to the mud flats to the east of Levington Marina at approximately 3pm. A stop was called to the incident at 4.07pm.

Police officers were also called by the ambulance service.

Felixstowe Coastguard said the incident could have potentially been life-threatening.

“The man was stuck in mud up to his waist,” a spokesman said.

“The team arrived on scene in under 10 minutes located the casualty and deployed mud techs from the coastguard onto the mud.

“The mud techs extracted the casualty in under 20 minutes and brought him back to the shore and handed over to the fire service.”

Coastguard teams said the man was well when he was helped to safety, adding that he was left in the care of the ambulance service.

A spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “An ambulance, three Hazardous Area Response Team vehicles and two ambulance officer vehicles attended an incident near Suffolk Yacht Harbour, Stratton Hall on Sunday following reports of a man stuck in mud.

“The man was released with the help of fire and rescue and coastguard colleagues and after being assessed by our ambulance crew, was discharged at the scene.”


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