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Dexter the dog rescued after 30 foot quarry fall

Dexter fell 30 feet into the quarry Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue

A specialist fire team have rescued a dog which fell 30 feet into a quarry in Kent.

Jason Ensinger was walking Dexter, a three-year-old cross breed, when the much-loved pet ran under a fence and slid 30 foot down the quarry. He became stuck on a ledge, approximately 50 feet from the bottom.

A specialist line team from Kent Fire and Rescue were called in to rescue him.

A specialist line team descend into the quarry Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue

Station Manager Dean Firmin explained what happened next: "Wearing a harness, a firefighter was lowered down but he then had trouble trying to get the dog and it was becoming increasingly anxious and was trying to escape so we were starting to worry that it could fall off the ledge.

"Following a suggestion by Jason, we then gave him a harness and clipped him onto our firefighter; making sure they were both safely attached, they then went down to the ledge. Fortunately this time, the dog was happy to go to his owner and he was successfully brought back to safety.

The line rescue team are specially trained and equipped to deal with this sort of rescue and we're pleased we were able to help."

Dexter stranded in the quarry Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue

Jason said: "We can't thank them enough as Dexter is more than a family pet, he's like a child to us and we were so frightened for him, especially as he became more scared and started trying to run around on the ledge.

"The fire crews were fantastic and I know people would say 'what's the fuss, he's just a pet?' but he's more than that and we're so very thankful that they managed to help."

Community raises funds for family of rescue hero

Marco Araujo died when he jumped into Portsmouth Harbour Credit: PA

The local community have come together to raise funds for the family of a man who drowned after he had jumped into Portsmouth Harbour to rescue two children.

Both children are safe but Marco Araujo lost his life in July.

Local company Krazycruisers organised a car show to raise money to help Marco's family. The event "Cruise fit for a hero" saw more than 500 people gather to show their respects.

It was followed by a two minute silence and a convoy of more than 350 cars from Cascades car park to Southsea seafront. The event raised more than £1100.


Man rescued from explosion

A man in his 50s was pulled from a burning building in Sompting by four members of the public who were passing by.

The rescue follows reports of an explosion at a house in Hillrise Avenue, today at 4.15pm.

The man was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. It is not known what injuries he has at this stage. No one else was injured and no one was evacuated.

The road was closed with the junction of Hillbarn Avenue while West Sussex Fire and Rescue dealt with the fire, which is now out.

Three fire pumps are at the scene.

Surge in lifeboat call outs despite miserable summer

Distressed sailors and struggling swimmers. If you are in trouble at sea - they will be there to help you.

And this summer Kent and Essex had the UK's busiest coastal RNLI lifeboat stations - at Southend on Sea and Ramsgate.

But with the worst summer on record for 100 years - why have call outs soared in some areas? Sarah Saunders has been finding out.

RNLI rescues up across the region

RNLI crews release summer incident figures Credit: ITV Meridian Archive

The RNLI has released figures showing an increase in the number of rescue missions in the Meridian region. The charity's second busiest lifeboat station in the country is Ramsgate in Kent. Its crews attended 49 call outs over the Summer - ten more than in the same time period in 2011.

While in the county of Hampshire the number of incidents over the Summer was 11% higher than in the same stretch of time last year. In total the crews at Hayling Island, Portsmouth, Calshot and Lymington launched one hundred and forty-two times.


Lifeboat rescue after mid-Solent cricket match

The journey home from the country's weirdest cricket match ended with eight people and a dog being rescued by a lifeboat crew.

They were aboard an eight-metre RIB which had been returning to Cowes after taking advantage of a low tide to attend a cricket match on a sandbank in the mid-Solent .

But yesterday when off Old Castle Point, East Cowes the craft broke down when its engine over-heated.

Luckily Cowes lifeboat had also been one of the many craft attending the cricket match, staged on Bramble Bank, and responded straight away.

The cricket match, between representatives of sailing clubs at Cowes and Hamble, proved even more testing than usual, with the wind ensuring the sand was not so exposed on thisoccasion.

French crew rescued off the Needles

The Needles, off the Isle of Wight Credit: Press Association

Two French crew on their yacht have been escorted safely into Cowes after broadcasting a Mayday when one crew member fell overboard, off the Needles.

Solent Coastguard received the Mayday broadcast from the sailing yacht Bridailly in French.

Officers scrambled the coastguard rescue helicopter from and requested the launch of the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat. The vessel and crew were located in the Hurst Narrows (Needles) and escorted into Cowes.

Steven Mann at Solent Coastguard said:

"We needed to ask the caller questions so we called on our counterparts in France at MRCC Joburg to help with the language barrier.

We connected our radios to the French phone system to enable our colleagues to communicate directly with the casualty vessel using the needles channel 16 aerial. "

Rescue after fall from rocks overlooking Olympic sailing

A MAN has been airlifted to hospital after falling on rocks at the Nothe in Weymouth which overlooks the Olympic sailing course.

Rescuers were called in after the man suffered a head injury.

The coastguard helicopter, a lifeboat, police units and coastguard ground teams all attended.

It has not been confirmed if he was within the official Olympic sailing viewing area at the Nothe Gardens or on the rocks close by.

See the video of the rescue here

Children saved by lifeguards

Lifeguards say their quick actions prevented a tragic outcome when they pulled a pair of children, aged 4 and 6, from severe difficulties in the water at Westbrook Bay, Thanet, yesterday.

Only five to ten metres from the shoreline, the pair were being slowly being pulled out by the tide.

Lifeguards rushed to their aid and found that the boy was holding onto his sister to try to keep her afloat, unwittingly pushing her under the water.

Lifeguard Breanainn Roberson said: "Although panicked, the boy seemed to be okay, but the girl was making a gurgling sound which was quite distressing.

"She had swallowed a lot of sea water and was foaming at the mouth."

They administered oxygen, keeping the girl calm until the ambulance arrived and took her to hospital. The boy was given oxygen by paramedics, and taken away in a second ambulance as a precaution.

This incident shows just how important it is for families to choose a lifeguarded beach, and always swim between the red and yellow flags. As was the case here, lifeguards can reach those in difficulty within seconds, and will have first aid kit close at hand once casualties are recovered to the shore."

– Area Lifeguard Manager Rory Smith
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