Aame­chanic is rescued from muddy ditch

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rotary Corner - By Stephenbriggs

Fire chiefs have is­sued a safety warn­ing af­ter free­ing an AAme­chanic whowassink­ing in 10 feet of mud in a road­side ditch. The dra­mas­tic res­cue hap­penedinthemid­dle­ofthenight on a ru­ral road on Mon­day.

And just two days later, fire crews had to pull a St Bernard dog to safety, af­ter it also got stuck in the mud.

The AA­man­had­goneto the scene of a crash which­had­seen a car roll into a ditch ear­lier in the day off the A605, near to Goose­tree Es­tate, Guy­hirn.

He­was­making­ef­fort­stose­cure the ve­hi­cle at 11pm, to en­sureit could­bere­cov­eredinthe morn­ing.

But hebe­came­trapped, and started sink­ing in the mud, which was 10 feet deep.

Tony Raine, Crew Com­man­der­atCam­bridgeshireFire and Res­cue Ser­vice, said: “The man was try­ing to make the ve­hi­cle safe for the evening as it was go­ing to be left in the ditch overnight.

“He went to the front of the ve­hi­cle, which was par­tially sub­merged, but when he got there the ve­hi­cle moved and he slipped into the water.

“Theweight of his own­body pushed him­into the mu­dat the bot­tom of the dyke and he be­came stuck and had noth­ing to pull him­self free on.

“Float­ing lines were put around him to stop him from sink­ing any fur­ther.

“We used a lad­der to bridge thedyke­and­givethe­m­anaplat­form to pull him­self up on.

“We­woul­dal­wayswarn­peo­ple to not go into or walk along the edge of slip­pery ditches.

“It may look fairly safe but you do not know what is at the bot­tom and at the moment many ditches are water- filled and very deep.

“They are a haz­ard and you may get stuck very eas­ily.” A spokesman for The AA said hecould­not com­men­ton­the in­di­vid­ual in­ci­dent.

But he added: “Any sit­u­a­tion like that is al­ways dan­ger­ous, be­cause you do not know how deep the water is. “

On Wed­nes­day the St Bernard be­came stuck in a ditch in Lambs Hill Drove, March at 12.55pm.

The owner had it on a lead but could not phys­i­cally lift the dog out of the ditch and­soit be­came stuck.

Fire crews man­aged to pull the an­i­mal to safety.

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