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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

Couple rescued after boat capsizes

A couple in their forties have been rescued after their inflatable boat capsized in Blakeney off the North Norfolk coast. The couple had been out mackerel fishing on Friday when they were hit by a wave at dusk.

The woman who is from Perthshire in Scotland was wearing a life jacket but the man who's from Cambridgeshire wasn't. They managed to raise the alarm by setting off red flares.

The Wells inshore lifeboat and the all-weather lifeboat were called out but the couple were rescued by another boat.

The woman was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital suffering from shock. The man was unharmed.

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