Trio rescued as field becomes a quagmire

Trio rescued as field becomes a quagmire

Trio rescued as field becomes a quagmire

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TWO walkers and a passer-by had to be rescued by firefighters after becoming stuck knee deep in mud.

Firefighters were forced to dig one woman out with their hands after she became trapped in mud in a sodden field.

Two women, believed to be in their late 60s, called firefighters after becoming stuck while out walking.

A passer-by, a man in his 50s, tried to help the pair but also became stuck and was advised to stay where he was by emergency services to stop him getting any deeper into the mire.

Two firefighter crews from Lewes and Uckfield, a technical rescue unit and an animal rescue team were all called to the scene in Whiteway Lane outside Iford near Rodmell at 2pm yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters were at the scene for more than two hours using inflatable rescue paths to get 25 metres across the boggy field to rescue the three stricken people from the quagmire caused by a spring and the heavy rain.

One of the women declined paramedics’ offer of hospital treatment for the effects of cold while the other two were discharged at the scene.

The rescue caused long tailbacks as emergency vehicles blocked the winding country lanes.

David Washington, watch commander at Lewes Fire Station, said: “It’s an unusual event. From looking at the field, they would not have known it was that bad.

“It is an unfortunate circumstance due to the wet weather we have been having lately.

“The women were well kitted out and seemed to know the area.”

A neighbour living close to the incident said: “I saw the firefighters and they were covered head to toe in mud and they had some sort of inflatable mat laid out.

“There’s not a footpath through that field. It’s OK for farm workers but I don’t know what walkers would be doing there.”

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12:33pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Cave Johnson says...

Giggity
Giggity Cave Johnson
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2:38pm Fri 4 Jan 13

sussexram40 says...

What were they doing trying to walk through a quagmire?
What were they doing trying to walk through a quagmire? sussexram40
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3:08pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Kiddon72 says...

Idiots
Idiots Kiddon72
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7:48pm Fri 4 Jan 13

farang says...

Poor reporting - there IS a public footpath(FP) across this field, it is the only FP to Lewes as the road is much too dangerous to walk along because of high speed traffic!
Also the C7 was, until the 1950's , a main road, the A26. It is not a winding country lane!
Although the field is farmed organically, it always becomes VERY muddy after rainfall, this is coupled with the fact that a winterbourne stream flows along the bottom of the field, also the farmer ploughs the entire field not leaving a non-ploughed FP.
Poor reporting - there IS a public footpath(FP) across this field, it is the only FP to Lewes as the road is much too dangerous to walk along because of high speed traffic! Also the C7 was, until the 1950's , a main road, the A26. It is not a winding country lane! Although the field is farmed organically, it always becomes VERY muddy after rainfall, this is coupled with the fact that a winterbourne stream flows along the bottom of the field, also the farmer ploughs the entire field not leaving a non-ploughed FP. farang
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9:17pm Fri 4 Jan 13

sussexram40 says...

If I put a foot into mud and got my leg stuck I wouldn't carry on and then invite my friends to follow me. Still sounds lke stupidity to me. Of course fields are very muddy after all the rain we've had. Keep away from paths in such places until it's dried up a bit.
If I put a foot into mud and got my leg stuck I wouldn't carry on and then invite my friends to follow me. Still sounds lke stupidity to me. Of course fields are very muddy after all the rain we've had. Keep away from paths in such places until it's dried up a bit. sussexram40
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10:07am Sat 5 Jan 13

redwing says...

sussexram40 wrote:
If I put a foot into mud and got my leg stuck I wouldn't carry on and then invite my friends to follow me. Still sounds lke stupidity to me. Of course fields are very muddy after all the rain we've had. Keep away from paths in such places until it's dried up a bit.
If you followed that advice you'd hardly have been walking anywhere in the countryside since September at least, if not the whole of last year. Walkers must be pretty capable since an incident like this is very, very rare. Looking at some of the comments above it's shameful how proscriptive and judgemental some people are becoming. I blame the Government, but that's another story......
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: If I put a foot into mud and got my leg stuck I wouldn't carry on and then invite my friends to follow me. Still sounds lke stupidity to me. Of course fields are very muddy after all the rain we've had. Keep away from paths in such places until it's dried up a bit.[/p][/quote]If you followed that advice you'd hardly have been walking anywhere in the countryside since September at least, if not the whole of last year. Walkers must be pretty capable since an incident like this is very, very rare. Looking at some of the comments above it's shameful how proscriptive and judgemental some people are becoming. I blame the Government, but that's another story...... redwing
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