Search

WATCH: Dramatic night-vision footage shows children rescued by coastguard

PUBLISHED: 19:01 11 March 2020 | UPDATED: 19:16 11 March 2020

Four 12-year-olds became stuck in mud between Wrabness and Parkeston in Essex on March 10 - this night-vision footage shows the trouble the children found themselves in Picture: MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY

Four 12-year-olds became stuck in mud between Wrabness and Parkeston in Essex on March 10 - this night-vision footage shows the trouble the children found themselves in Picture: MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY

Archant

See the moment two children are airlifted to safety by the coastguard after getting stuck in mud off the coast of Essex.

Peter Jones praised the emrgency services for rescuing his daughter and her three friends - and 12-year-old Tily's quick thinking in a crisis Picture: PETER JONESPeter Jones praised the emrgency services for rescuing his daughter and her three friends - and 12-year-old Tily's quick thinking in a crisis Picture: PETER JONES

Peter Jones anxiously waited while rescuers worked for three hours to save Tily and her friends, two other girls and a boy, after they got stuck in mud between Wrabness and Parkeston.

Two of the children, Tily and one of the other girls, managed to free themselves but their friends had to be rescued by helicopter.

From left to right: PCs Ryan Kent, Jodie Phillips, Kevin Ward, Simon Potters, Ben Spencer, Steph Triscott and Sergeant Aaron Heard, who all helped save the four children from the mud, Picture: ESSEX POLICEFrom left to right: PCs Ryan Kent, Jodie Phillips, Kevin Ward, Simon Potters, Ben Spencer, Steph Triscott and Sergeant Aaron Heard, who all helped save the four children from the mud, Picture: ESSEX POLICE

The alarm was raised by Tily when she managed to call Essex Police with just 2% of her battery remaining in her mobile phone.

Police, firefighters, coastguards and paramedics joined forces to mount the rescue operation in a battle against the clock and the tide.

The children used lights on their phones to guide the emergency services towards them. Picture: HOLBROOK COASTGUARD RESCUE TEAMThe children used lights on their phones to guide the emergency services towards them. Picture: HOLBROOK COASTGUARD RESCUE TEAM

Tily's father, Peter Jones, said his 'heart stopped' when he got the call from police that evening.

'I was getting concerned because Tily wasn't home yet, she had told me she had gone to the park with some friends and she's always back when she says she will be,' said Mr Jones.

Four children had to be rescued by the emergency services after they became trapped in mud on the beach between Copperas Wood, Wrabness and Parkeston. Picture: HOLBROOK COASTGUARD RESCUE TEAMFour children had to be rescued by the emergency services after they became trapped in mud on the beach between Copperas Wood, Wrabness and Parkeston. Picture: HOLBROOK COASTGUARD RESCUE TEAM

'By 8.20pm I was very worried, then the police called - when you get that your heart stops, everything runs through your mind.

'Within five minutes the police were at my door to pick me up.'

The four children were safely rescued after a three hour operation by all emergency services. Picture: ESSEX POLICEThe four children were safely rescued after a three hour operation by all emergency services. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

At the scene, Mr Jones said he was surrounded by police cars, fire engines and the coastguard helicopter overhead, rescuing the two remaining 12-year-olds stuck in the mud as the tide came in.

Mr Jones added: 'You don't realise how little time it takes for a situation to turn from fun to life threatening until this happens.

The four children were safely rescued after a three hour operation. Picture: ESSEX POLICEThe four children were safely rescued after a three hour operation. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

'The emergency services were all so hard-working and so committed, I can't speak highly enough of them.

'At first I was cross but then I was really proud of Tily for how well she handled the situation.

'There might be some grounding but I think that the ordeal was punishment enough.'

A spokesman for HM Coastguard said: 'Coastguard rescue teams from Felixstowe and Holbrook were sent, along with two RNLI lifeboats from Harwich and a coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lydd.

'Thankfully two children were able to get back to safety themselves and the other two were airlifted to safety by the helicopter. All were passed into the care of the East of England Ambulance Service.'

The Harwich RNLI also sent two lifeboats to the rescue.

Councillor Zoe Fairley, ward councillor for Stour Valley, praised the emergency services for their 'fantastic response'.

She said: 'The coast is a very dangerous place if you don't know the risks. But the emergency services did an absolutely amazing job.'

The HM Coastguard said: 'We would strongly advise avoiding areas of mud, they are extremely unpredictable and can trap a person beyond the point of being able to self-recover.

'If you see somebody in difficulty in the mud, do not attempt to rescue them yourself, but instead dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.'

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the East Anglian Daily Times