Fire crews free man stuck in a Hockley ditch for four hours

Southend Standard: Lower Road, Hockley Lower Road, Hockley

FIRE crews rescued a man who was stuck for four hours in a ditch near Hockley this afternoon.

The man, thought to be in his late sixties, became trapped in mud under bushes after slipping into a ditch while out walking along Hockley Park, near the Dome Village off Lower Road.

Two fire crews attended, one from Rayleigh Weir and the other from Hockley, and took an hour to free the man from the mud.

Rayleigh Weir station officer Phil Owens said: “We worked tirelessly for an hour to free him from the mud.

“He was lucky he had his mobile phone with him to call for help.

“He had slipped down the bank and got stuck at the bottom in the mud.”

“He seemed OK when we pulled him out. He was in good health, just tired, wet and cold.”

The man called the fire service at 3.39pm, and said he was stuck for a period of four hours in total.

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6:31pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Thank God for the Fire service, had it been the Ambulance he could have perished.
Thank God for the Fire service, had it been the Ambulance he could have perished. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 10

6:36pm Mon 7 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

why would you leave yourself stuck in a ditch for 4 hours and not call someone sooner, most odd.
and that photo is Hullbridge and not Hockley as stated .
why would you leave yourself stuck in a ditch for 4 hours and not call someone sooner, most odd. and that photo is Hullbridge and not Hockley as stated . DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 13

6:44pm Mon 7 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
why would you leave yourself stuck in a ditch for 4 hours and not call someone sooner, most odd.
and that photo is Hullbridge and not Hockley as stated .
Four hours ???, probably 40 minutes more likely....
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: why would you leave yourself stuck in a ditch for 4 hours and not call someone sooner, most odd. and that photo is Hullbridge and not Hockley as stated .[/p][/quote]Four hours ???, probably 40 minutes more likely.... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 7

7:29pm Mon 7 Apr 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

This could have been a lot worse. glad he is alright now
This could have been a lot worse. glad he is alright now CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 7

8:38pm Mon 7 Apr 14

pendulum says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
why would you leave yourself stuck in a ditch for 4 hours and not call someone sooner, most odd.
and that photo is Hullbridge and not Hockley as stated .
Some of the older generation really don't like asking for help, they don't want to "waste people's time" by calling for help even though they need it. And in contrast you get the scum calling the police/ambulance every Friday night because they've been drinking/got injured/had a fight etc.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: why would you leave yourself stuck in a ditch for 4 hours and not call someone sooner, most odd. and that photo is Hullbridge and not Hockley as stated .[/p][/quote]Some of the older generation really don't like asking for help, they don't want to "waste people's time" by calling for help even though they need it. And in contrast you get the scum calling the police/ambulance every Friday night because they've been drinking/got injured/had a fight etc. pendulum
  • Score: 12

9:33pm Mon 7 Apr 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

pendulum wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
why would you leave yourself stuck in a ditch for 4 hours and not call someone sooner, most odd.
and that photo is Hullbridge and not Hockley as stated .
Some of the older generation really don't like asking for help, they don't want to "waste people's time" by calling for help even though they need it. And in contrast you get the scum calling the police/ambulance every Friday night because they've been drinking/got injured/had a fight etc.
i suspect your right, must if been proper stuck to seeing as it tool the pro's 1 hour to release him from the muddy grip, the more you try to get out the worse it gets, a bit like quick sand, or a bog.
[quote][p][bold]pendulum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: why would you leave yourself stuck in a ditch for 4 hours and not call someone sooner, most odd. and that photo is Hullbridge and not Hockley as stated .[/p][/quote]Some of the older generation really don't like asking for help, they don't want to "waste people's time" by calling for help even though they need it. And in contrast you get the scum calling the police/ambulance every Friday night because they've been drinking/got injured/had a fight etc.[/p][/quote]i suspect your right, must if been proper stuck to seeing as it tool the pro's 1 hour to release him from the muddy grip, the more you try to get out the worse it gets, a bit like quick sand, or a bog. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 3

1:28pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Walt Jabsco says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
Thank God for the Fire service, had it been the Ambulance he could have perished.
That's right...now use the freedom of information act to find out how many call outs the Ambulance Service have had in 2014 compared to the fire service, then use the same act to enquire about funding differences between the 2 services. You might find it eye opening.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: Thank God for the Fire service, had it been the Ambulance he could have perished.[/p][/quote]That's right...now use the freedom of information act to find out how many call outs the Ambulance Service have had in 2014 compared to the fire service, then use the same act to enquire about funding differences between the 2 services. You might find it eye opening. Walt Jabsco
  • Score: 1

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