West Mersea: Tide traps three in their car on causeway

A BABY, a child and a woman had to be rescued from their car which became stuck in flood water on The Strood causeway near Colchester.

It comes just 24 hours after ten people had to be rescued from their vehicles also trapped by the high tide at Mersea Island.

Thames Coastguard was called about the latest incident just before 2pm this afternoon. The West Mersea Coastguard Rescue Team and the West Mersea RNLI inshore lifeboat were sent to the scene, along with the search and rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham.

All three were picked up from their car, which was almost floating in the water, by the lifeboat and taken to safety.

Aimee Rampton, Watch Manager Thames Coastguard said: “Even during this rescue, another vehicle attempted to cross the causeway. I would like to again stress how important it is not to attempt crossing The Strood during highwater spring tides, as it is highly likely that the road will be covered with sea water and with it strong undercurrents.

“We’ve dealt with two similar incidents in the last 24 hours. It is very lucky that no one has been hurt.”