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Warning after rescues from mud

Kent Fire and Rescue Service is asking the public to be extra careful in coastal areas after two incidents where people became stuck in mud near Herne Bay.

A spokesman said the ground was still soft in tidal areas because of recent wet weather. He urged dog owners not to put their lives at risk by rescuing pets - walkers in trouble should always dial 999.


Firefighters, police, paramedics & coastguard in mud rescue

Crews needed extra help to rescue two women from the mud at Herne Bay Credit: Herne Bay Coastguard

Firefighters from Kent Fire & Rescue pulled two women and a dog out of the mud following a landslide at Bishopstone Glen, Herne Bay on Sunday afternoon.

The rescue was a multi-agency effort involving Herne Bay Coastguard - who received the initial call - Kent Police, the South east coast Ambulance Service, and Sheppey Coastguard.

It was one of three incidents involving people becoming stuck in the mud in the area on Sunday.

Emergency crews involved in mud rescue on the Kent coast Credit: Herne Bay Coastguard

Herne bay Coastguard are warning members of the public to call 999 if their dogs get stuck in the mud, rather than trying to rescue the animals themselves.

Dramatic rescue after women stuck waist deep in mud

Women became stuck in the mud while walking dog Credit: Herne Bay Coastguard

Two women and a dog have been rescued after becoming stuck in the mud during a walk at Bishopstone Glen in Herne Bay in Kent. The women had became stuck after trying to rescue the dog following a cliff fall.

The alert was raised shortly after 3pm on Sunday. Both casualties were checked over by the ambulance services.

There had been an earlier incident between Herne Bay and Reculver at around 11am when another woman sank into the mud. Her rescue was finished by 1230.

Members of the Whitstable RNLI branch were called out to assist Kent Fire & Rescue crews with the rescue because firefighters were unable to reach the victims.

A woman became stuck in the mud off the coast at Reculver Credit: Whitstable RNLI
Fire crews and coastguards were involved in the Reculver rescue Credit: Whitstable RNLI

Police investigate after car hits tree

A man has died after a soft top Vauxhall Astra being driven with the roof down hit a tree.

Police are appealing for information following the collision on Herne Bay Road, Sturry at around 7.30am on 10th August 2013.

Police said there were reports the driver of the Astra died in the crash. The road was closed until 11.30am.

They are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the car shortly before. They believe it had been driven from the Margate area along the A28.


Herne Bay seagull attack

A woman from Kent has been forced to wear a colander on her head every time she ventures into her garden because of seagull attacks.

Seagulls have been divebombing the woman when she goes out to the garden, one attack even drew blood.

The council is now considering producing a report on how to prevent the bird attacks as several residents have had similar problems.

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Independent traders are fighting back

Independent shops are supposedly the lifeblood of our towns and villages, but the retailers have been under threat for years.

They face pressure from large retail chains, both in and out of town, and in the last decade from the onslaught of the Internet. Not to mention single, double and even triple-dip recessions.

Now the independents are fighting back. A new breed of traders are setting up, alongside those established businesses that have survived the worst that has been thrown at them. They are determined to revitalise our high streets. David Johns reports from Herne Bay.

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