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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