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Two dolphins rescued after getting stuck in the mud

Two dolphins were rescued after getting stuck in the mud near Stanford-le-Hope in Essex on Monday.

Credit: Essex Fire

The pair were stranded around 200 metres from the shore and helped back into open water using an inflatable raft.

Credit: Essex Fire

It's not every day that you come across dolphins in Essex... so we wanted to do everything we could to help them on their way safely.

Firefighters have gone above and beyond with partners from the Coastguard and the RNLI to do just that this afternoon, despite difficult access and challenging conditions.

With the tide not expected to come in until several hours after the dolphins became stuck, we knew how important it was that we came to their aid. Thankfully both animals are okay and back in the open water.

– Al Green, Essex Fire Service