A MAN stuck up to his waist in mud was rescued from a river by the emergency services.

Firefighters and coastguard colleagues helped to free a man from mud near North Fambridge.

He had slipped into the River Crouch from the embankment.

Crews were alerted at 5.34pm on Saturday and used what3words to locate him.

Firefighters from Maldon, Hawkwell and Orsett were in attendance, alongside crews from Urban Search and Rescue.

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Mud rescue: crews worked together to rescue a manMud rescue: crews worked together to rescue a man (Image: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service)

The crews worked together to bring him to safety by 6.47pm.

Fire station manager Howard Midwood said: “Our coastguard colleagues did a fantastic job to reach the man quickly and pull him safely from the mud.

“We then worked alongside them to bring the man back to the embankment using a rescue sled.

“This was a great example of partnership working and I’m proud of both teams.

“Using what3words helped us to reach the man quickly and I’d encourage the public to download the app. It’s free and it could help emergency services locate you quickly when you need help.”