Fire crews race against Southend tide to rescue boy just in time

Fire crews race against tide to rescue boy just in time

Fire crews race against tide to rescue boy just in time

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FIRE fighters raced against time and the tide to release an eight year-old boy who got his foot trapped in a jetty.

Members of the public called for help after spotting the youngster near the Three Shells Beach Cafe in Western Esplanade, at 11.55am yesterday.

With the incoming tide just two metres away crews rushed to the boy's rescue to using a power saw to cut away timber and release him.

Crews from Southend and Leigh had released the boy by 12:18hrs.

Assistant divisional officer Matyn Hodder, Southend station commander, said: "On arrival the tide was coming in quickly and lapped around the trapped child's feet, the boy was becoming distressed as too were his worried parents as they watched the fire fighters work swiftly to rescue their son.

"Crews had to work quickly, a section of the jetty had to be cut away and removed using electric saws before the water covered the jetty completely allowing them to manipulate the child's foot and free him.

"As the boy was carried up the beach to be reunited with his parents and checked over by a paramedic, crews turned to look back and saw the area where the lad had been trapped was totally submerged by the incoming tide. Crews did an excellent job releasing him as quickly as they did."

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12:11pm Thu 14 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

high tide was a bout 3 hours after they released him..... hardly a 'race against time'
high tide was a bout 3 hours after they released him..... hardly a 'race against time' pembury53
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12:18pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Ian P says...

Despite the views of pembury53, well done to the emergency crew.
Despite the views of pembury53, well done to the emergency crew. Ian P
  • Score: 15

2:15pm Thu 14 Aug 14

iknowbetter says...

Ian P wrote:
Despite the views of pembury53, well done to the emergency crew.
If the Dimwit had actually read the article properly, he may well have realised high tide wasn't required for the lad to have drown and therefore saved the embarrassment of yet another pathetic uneducated comment.
Well done to the fire service for such a speedy response which has saved a young lads life.
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: Despite the views of pembury53, well done to the emergency crew.[/p][/quote]If the Dimwit had actually read the article properly, he may well have realised high tide wasn't required for the lad to have drown and therefore saved the embarrassment of yet another pathetic uneducated comment. Well done to the fire service for such a speedy response which has saved a young lads life. iknowbetter
  • Score: 3

2:50pm Thu 14 Aug 14

rayleigh123 says...

Ian P wrote:
Despite the views of pembury53, well done to the emergency crew.
So they all got into the water for fun, they then used electric saws to free the lad for fun.

If it is the steps near the three shells the bottom of the steps would be under 10 foot of water at high tide.
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[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: Despite the views of pembury53, well done to the emergency crew.[/p][/quote]So they all got into the water for fun, they then used electric saws to free the lad for fun. If it is the steps near the three shells the bottom of the steps would be under 10 foot of water at high tide. . . . rayleigh123
  • Score: -1

4:19pm Thu 14 Aug 14

runwellian says...

So what were the parents doing fro the boy to get stuck?
So what were the parents doing fro the boy to get stuck? runwellian
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6:33pm Thu 14 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

iknowbetter wrote:
Ian P wrote:
Despite the views of pembury53, well done to the emergency crew.
If the Dimwit had actually read the article properly, he may well have realised high tide wasn't required for the lad to have drown and therefore saved the embarrassment of yet another pathetic uneducated comment.
Well done to the fire service for such a speedy response which has saved a young lads life.
"the tide was lapping around the lads feet" ..... from the time taken to raise the alarm, and lad being released, 23 minutes elapsed, but i guess making the mundane sound dramatic, is what journalism is all about, and anyone other than a dimwit would realise that is what i was pointing out....
[quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: Despite the views of pembury53, well done to the emergency crew.[/p][/quote]If the Dimwit had actually read the article properly, he may well have realised high tide wasn't required for the lad to have drown and therefore saved the embarrassment of yet another pathetic uneducated comment. Well done to the fire service for such a speedy response which has saved a young lads life.[/p][/quote]"the tide was lapping around the lads feet" ..... from the time taken to raise the alarm, and lad being released, 23 minutes elapsed, but i guess making the mundane sound dramatic, is what journalism is all about, and anyone other than a dimwit would realise that is what i was pointing out.... pembury53
  • Score: -1

10:27pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

is this the same jetty that those hoodlums were 'tombstoning' from last week?
is this the same jetty that those hoodlums were 'tombstoning' from last week? Robin Reliant
  • Score: -1

9:40am Fri 15 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

the alexander Yacht club jetty, the one that has signs on it saying Keep off.
the alexander Yacht club jetty, the one that has signs on it saying Keep off. Robin Reliant
  • Score: -1

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