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Photos show fury of fire that ripped through Mersea Island beach huts

The fire at West Mersea on Sunday morning. Credit: Crimewatch Mersea Island / Facebook

These photographs, taken by Mersea Island residents, show the extent of the fire that ripped through beach huts early on Sunday.

Ten buildings were destroyed. In many cases, nothing but charred fragments remain on the beach this morning.

The charred remains of some of the huts at Mersea Island. Credit: Crimewatch Mersea Island / Facebook


And so it begins... Flood water traps elderly man in Essex

Firefighters waded out into the waist-high water on The Strood. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

An elderly man had to be rescued by firefighters after his car got stuck in the high tide at Mersea Island in Essex.

It comes as the region braces itself for bad weather - with snow, strong winds and further coastal flooding predicted.

Crews found the driver trapped in his vehicle, with water on The Strood at waist height around him.

Firefighters waded out to rescue him. A spokesman for Essex Fire and Rescue Service urged people to take extra care when crossing any flooded road.

"Driving into floodwater and hoping for the best is not a sensible option and is highly risky; by the time you find out the water is too deep you are already trapped.

"Check to make sure the road is clear. If you can't be sure, find an alternative route or wait for the water levels to drop."

– Essex Fire and Rescue Service.

First World War Centenary: A Great War story from Mersea Island School in Essex

Earlier this year, ITV News Anglia launched its First World War Centenary School Report and asked children from across the region to tell us a Great War story from their area.

In our latest school report, pupils from Mersea Island School in Essex tell us about pilot Edgar and his best friend Mick who liked to travel everywhere together.

The tale has now been made into a book which is being used to help school children learn about the first world war.

Click below to watch the full report:

Essex rowers smash record

Two men from Mersea Island in Essex have broken the record for the fastest time rowing around Britain.

The record breaking team in London Credit: ITV

Josh Taylor and Alan Morgan were part of a four man team called the Islanders. They've spent the last 26 days rowing 2,000 miles around the British Isles, breaking the previous record by more than 12 hours.

Essex rowers aim for £100,000 prize

The Islanders team pass Ness Point in Suffolk

Two men from Mersea Island in Essex look set to scoop a £100,000 prize for a record breaking row around the British Isles.

Josh Taylor and Alan Morgan are part of a four man team called the Islanders.

They are due to row under Tower Bridge in London today and look likely to beat the previous round Britain record of 26 days 21 hours and 14 minutes by about 12 hours.


Mum child and baby rescued from tide

A mum her child and her baby have been rescued by the coastguard after her car became stuck in flood water on The Strood causeway near Colchester.

The rescue comes just a day after ten people were rescued from vehicles after being trapped by high tides at Mersea Island.

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

The car was described as almost floating, the three were picked up by the lifeboat and taken to safety.

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.

– Aimee Rampton, Watch Manager Thames Coastguard

Essex Pair complete Mersea first

Josh Taylor and Alan Morgan Credit: Abbie Dix

Two Essex lads competed in Mersea Rounds Island Sailing Race with a difference - they didn't use a boat! Instead Josh Taylor and Alan Morgan, both from the Island, swam the 22km route.

The 22-year-olds have now completed their very own version of a triathlon having canoed and run round the island.