Dramatic video of marsh rescue

The dramatic moment a police drone found a man stuck in marshes after being reported missing from Brancaster beach has been released.

Peter Pugh, aged 75 and from Brancaster, had been walking with friends and family at approximately 5.10pm on Saturday,  June 16, when he became separated from them.

Norfolk police, assisted by HM Coastguard, Hunstanton and Wells Inshore Lifeboat and Norfolk Lowland and Search Service, began searches of the local area throughout the night and into Sunday, June 17.

At approximately 2.35pm the Norfolk Police drone, being piloted by Sergeant Danny Leach, spotted Peter stuck in very dense reed beds and marshland at Titchwell. Sgt Leach was then able to guide a team from HM Coastguard and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service to him.

The team pulled Peter from a deep muddy creek before providing first aid until the Coastguard rescue helicopter arrived to winch him out.

Peter was then taken by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn where he is being treated for hypothermia.

Sergeant Alex Bucher, who helped co-ordinate the search operation, said: “This is a great example of multi-agency working at its best and through our teamwork we were able to successfully locate Peter and return him back to his family on Father’s Day.

“There is no doubt that without the police drone we would not have been able to locate him in the time we did. The police drone allows us to search areas that are difficult to access and within close range where a helicopter may not be able to get.

“Approximately 50 people were directly involved with this search operation and it was through their dedication and hard work we were able to save this man’s life.”

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green said: “What a fantastic example of what can be achieved when our agencies work together and our police have the right tools for the job.

“Having pledged to give our officers the 21st century tools, including drones, that they need to keep our county safe, it’s incidents like this that demonstrate just how relevant that pledge was and continues to be.

“Now, almost a year since Norfolk Police launched its initial drone trial, this is yet another remarkable achievement. Well done to all involved.”

You can see the dramatic footage here


Staff praised after toddler is rescued from hot car

Staff at Tesco on Blue Boar Lane, in Sprowston, rushed into action when a toddler was locked in a car at their store – and have earned a huge thank you from his relieved grandmother.
Carol Martin, who was visiting the area on Saturday, was putting her shopping into the car and had given her two-year-old grandson her keys to play with while she did so.
“You can guess the rest – he got locked in,” she said. “As the weather was hot and there were no windows open I went to the store for help. Immediately they went into action and the manager and staff were outside with me and had brought one of their phones for me to use.
“I called my roadside recovery but even after I told them the situation they still took time asking me questions before they would put a call out. Finally I was made a ‘priority one’ but was told they would not be with me for about 30 minutes. My grandson was getting hot and flushed so I made the decision to call for the fire brigade.”
But she said the manager had already called them – as well as fetching water, a fire engine toy and ice lollies for when the little boy was freed.
Carol went on: “Red Watch from Sprowston fire station arrived and they, too, were brilliant. After he was out and sorted, they offered him a seat in the fire engine.”
Store staff also brought out some plastic to cover the broken window.
“I was overwhelmed by all the support Tesco Staff and the fireman gave me,” said Carol.