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Field Fire Near Jimmy's Farm

Wednesday, July 25, 16.00

Firefighters spent more than an hour tackling a blaze in a crop field in Wherstead  this afternoon. 

Eleven vehicles from Suffolk Fire and Rescue fought the fire, with local farmers on hand to help in what has been the third blaze in the area near Manningtree Road and Belstead Lane within a week.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from as far away as Ipswich town centre, and various parts of the peninsula.

Tinder dry open spaces are particularly vulnerable after the peninsula has gone 40 days without rain.

Read interview with Area Commander Ian Bowell here...

Emergency Services Save Woman's Life

Thursday, May 17. 23.30

The swift response by emergency services saved a woman who fell off the Orwell Bridge tonight.

Paramedics, four fire crews, police, a RNLI lifeboat and the peninsula's Coastguard team were quickly on the scene.

A Coastguard helicopter, based in Kent, (pictured) was also scrambled and swiftly got to the Strand, next to the river Orwell.

It appears the woman, fell into the river at low tide at the time and managed to scramble to a nearby mudbank.

She was rescued by the Coastguard helicopter and initially taken to paramedics waiting near the Strand.

It is understood the rescued woman was conscious and talking to paramedics after being picked up.

Once the woman was assessed the helicopter evacuated her to an East Anglian hospital where she was treated for life threatening injuries.

The Holbrook Coastguard, based at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club in Woolverstone, were quickly on the scene and secured the area as they helped where possible to rescue the stricken woman.

It is understood the helicopter was already on another, less urgent, shout when it was swiftly diverted and was able to rescue the distressed woman.

Crews were scrambled just after 19.30 and were quickly on the scene, but were stood down three hours later.

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