A man was dragged from water in an 80 foot quarry pit, in a dramatic rescue.

Police, fire crews and medics were called to the site in Drake Road, Chafford Hundred last night just before 11pm.

Firefighters attended after a member of the public heard a man shouting for help.

Firefighters from Grays, the water rescue team from Leigh and Urban Search and Rescue team attended.

They worked closely with Essex Police, which deployed a drone to assist in the rescue, the Ambulance Service and the Hazardous Area Response Team.

Station Manager Dan Wastell said: "Crews had to carry out an extensive search and found the man at the bottom of an 80ft quarry, partially in water. Crews kept the casualty calm while we carried out the rescue.

"Our team worked at the top of the quarry to set up a rope rescue while our water rescue team launched a boat and cut through undergrowth to reach him.

"Crews worked well in very difficult circumstances, assisted by our partners, to reach the casualty on the boat and bring him to safety."

The man was left in the care of the Ambulance Service at 1.44am.