Baby rescued from car trapped on Strood

Essex County Standard: West Mersea lifeboat West Mersea lifeboat

A BABY was rescued by a lifeboat crew after the car it was travelling in got stranded crossing the Strood.

The seven-month-old infant was one of three children and two adults taken to safety after three cars tried to cross the Causeway to Mersea Island at high water.

West Mersea's RNLI lifeboat were called to the scene at 1.38pm yesterday to help with the rescue.

One of the cars and also two cyclists had ignored a warning by the West Mersea Coastguard team, who were first on scene at 1.07pm, and attempted to cross before the water had subsided despite safety advice.

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10:54am Sun 5 Jan 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

These people are absolute idiots. Don't they read the signs? Not only are they putting their own lives at risk but subjecting children and babies to the dangers as well, not to mention the lives of the RNLI crew. It shows what value they put on life. Let's hope they make a large donation to the RNLI.
These people are absolute idiots. Don't they read the signs? Not only are they putting their own lives at risk but subjecting children and babies to the dangers as well, not to mention the lives of the RNLI crew. It shows what value they put on life. Let's hope they make a large donation to the RNLI. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 23

11:00am Sun 5 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

An exhilarating few hrs for the lifeboat crew.the picture looks great.quite envious. Hope the dear child is not to stressed.
An exhilarating few hrs for the lifeboat crew.the picture looks great.quite envious. Hope the dear child is not to stressed. stevedawson
  • Score: -9

11:10am Sun 5 Jan 14

Mr Doolittle says...

Whilst I agree that people trying to cross in unsuitable motor vehicles are idiots, I don't see the problem with cycling over the Strood at high tide, what's the worst outcome, wet feet? It's not as though the tide rips across and sweeps all before it.

Have we lost all of our spirit of adventure, crushed by Health and Safety fears?
Whilst I agree that people trying to cross in unsuitable motor vehicles are idiots, I don't see the problem with cycling over the Strood at high tide, what's the worst outcome, wet feet? It's not as though the tide rips across and sweeps all before it. Have we lost all of our spirit of adventure, crushed by Health and Safety fears? Mr Doolittle
  • Score: -1

4:43pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Madcowmac says...

Send them a bill they are irresponsible
Send them a bill they are irresponsible Madcowmac
  • Score: 8

6:43pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Jess Jephcott says...

What is all the fuss about? If people are stupid enough to drive their cars through perhaps a foot of water and then find it cuts out, let those same people sit tight and wait for the tide to go out and then get the local garage to tow them away at their cost. Why should the emergency services even bother with this? There is no danger. Just wait for the tide to do its work, just as it has been doing for millions of years. If the RNLI have got nothing better to do than to pander to these fools then, that is quite another matter. More fool them. You would think they would be better suited to attend real emergencies, where lives really are at risk. I grew up in Walton on the Naze and when our lifeboat went out, they went out for a serious reason. Truly brave men!
What is all the fuss about? If people are stupid enough to drive their cars through perhaps a foot of water and then find it cuts out, let those same people sit tight and wait for the tide to go out and then get the local garage to tow them away at their cost. Why should the emergency services even bother with this? There is no danger. Just wait for the tide to do its work, just as it has been doing for millions of years. If the RNLI have got nothing better to do than to pander to these fools then, that is quite another matter. More fool them. You would think they would be better suited to attend real emergencies, where lives really are at risk. I grew up in Walton on the Naze and when our lifeboat went out, they went out for a serious reason. Truly brave men! Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 2

7:29pm Sun 5 Jan 14

hughie-s says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
What is all the fuss about? If people are stupid enough to drive their cars through perhaps a foot of water and then find it cuts out, let those same people sit tight and wait for the tide to go out and then get the local garage to tow them away at their cost. Why should the emergency services even bother with this? There is no danger. Just wait for the tide to do its work, just as it has been doing for millions of years. If the RNLI have got nothing better to do than to pander to these fools then, that is quite another matter. More fool them. You would think they would be better suited to attend real emergencies, where lives really are at risk. I grew up in Walton on the Naze and when our lifeboat went out, they went out for a serious reason. Truly brave men!
Rather deeper than a foot on Saturday Jess......

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[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: What is all the fuss about? If people are stupid enough to drive their cars through perhaps a foot of water and then find it cuts out, let those same people sit tight and wait for the tide to go out and then get the local garage to tow them away at their cost. Why should the emergency services even bother with this? There is no danger. Just wait for the tide to do its work, just as it has been doing for millions of years. If the RNLI have got nothing better to do than to pander to these fools then, that is quite another matter. More fool them. You would think they would be better suited to attend real emergencies, where lives really are at risk. I grew up in Walton on the Naze and when our lifeboat went out, they went out for a serious reason. Truly brave men![/p][/quote]Rather deeper than a foot on Saturday Jess...... http://tinyurl.com/o zsxdcl hughie-s
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2:59am Mon 6 Jan 14

Boris says...

hughie-s wrote:
Jess Jephcott wrote:
What is all the fuss about? If people are stupid enough to drive their cars through perhaps a foot of water and then find it cuts out, let those same people sit tight and wait for the tide to go out and then get the local garage to tow them away at their cost. Why should the emergency services even bother with this? There is no danger. Just wait for the tide to do its work, just as it has been doing for millions of years. If the RNLI have got nothing better to do than to pander to these fools then, that is quite another matter. More fool them. You would think they would be better suited to attend real emergencies, where lives really are at risk. I grew up in Walton on the Naze and when our lifeboat went out, they went out for a serious reason. Truly brave men!
Rather deeper than a foot on Saturday Jess......

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Well yes, but that just reinforces the argument that the parents of these children were idiots. Jess is often wrong, but on this story he is absolutely right.
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: What is all the fuss about? If people are stupid enough to drive their cars through perhaps a foot of water and then find it cuts out, let those same people sit tight and wait for the tide to go out and then get the local garage to tow them away at their cost. Why should the emergency services even bother with this? There is no danger. Just wait for the tide to do its work, just as it has been doing for millions of years. If the RNLI have got nothing better to do than to pander to these fools then, that is quite another matter. More fool them. You would think they would be better suited to attend real emergencies, where lives really are at risk. I grew up in Walton on the Naze and when our lifeboat went out, they went out for a serious reason. Truly brave men![/p][/quote]Rather deeper than a foot on Saturday Jess...... http://tinyurl.com/o zsxdcl[/p][/quote]Well yes, but that just reinforces the argument that the parents of these children were idiots. Jess is often wrong, but on this story he is absolutely right. Boris
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10:46am Mon 6 Jan 14

romantic says...

Not sure why Jess is being thumbed down on this. It is only recently that the emergency services have come out like this. In the past, if you were stupid enough to drive into the sea, you were left there until the tide had gone out, and then would be rescued (at considerable expense). I am not aware of any car ever being swept away.

I've been in the queues on and off of Mersea before and seen people deciding they know better, racing off past the line, straight into the Strood at full pelt. Of course, they get stuck.

The RNLI is there for real emergencies where lives are potentially at risk, not people too stupid to be aware of the tidal causeway, too stupid to read roadsigns and too stupid to wonder why everyone else is queueing up.
Not sure why Jess is being thumbed down on this. It is only recently that the emergency services have come out like this. In the past, if you were stupid enough to drive into the sea, you were left there until the tide had gone out, and then would be rescued (at considerable expense). I am not aware of any car ever being swept away. I've been in the queues on and off of Mersea before and seen people deciding they know better, racing off past the line, straight into the Strood at full pelt. Of course, they get stuck. The RNLI is there for real emergencies where lives are potentially at risk, not people too stupid to be aware of the tidal causeway, too stupid to read roadsigns and too stupid to wonder why everyone else is queueing up. romantic
  • Score: 5

1:55pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Scoot says...

If the RNLI hadn't been there, I can just picture the front page of some rag (maybe even the Gazette !) with some fat slob pictured looking sad with a tearful child in his arms under the headline "RNLI put my childs life at risk by not rescuing us"
What the government should do is make a law that if you are rescued by the RNLI for a stupid act, they can sieze your vehicle and its contents until either you pay for the rescue cost or they can sell it and its contents. Also at the same time insurance is made null and void for a pre-meditated act that caused the engine to flood.
If the RNLI hadn't been there, I can just picture the front page of some rag (maybe even the Gazette !) with some fat slob pictured looking sad with a tearful child in his arms under the headline "RNLI put my childs life at risk by not rescuing us" What the government should do is make a law that if you are rescued by the RNLI for a stupid act, they can sieze your vehicle and its contents until either you pay for the rescue cost or they can sell it and its contents. Also at the same time insurance is made null and void for a pre-meditated act that caused the engine to flood. Scoot
  • Score: 3

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