Elderly couple rescued from 4ft deep mud in New Forest

Daily Echo: Brian Dash and his wife Rosemary Brian Dash and his wife Rosemary

AN ELDERLY couple had to be rescued after spending two hours stuck in mud that was four-feet deep.

Eighteen firefighters were involved in the operation to free the pair, in woodland near Beaulieu.

Former Hampshire county councillor Brian Dash and his wife Rosemary had gone for a walk when they became trapped.

Mr Dash said he had been “chastened” by the experience but praised the actions of the emergency services.

As reported earlier, the 73-year-old said he and his 74-year-old wife set off for an afternoon stroll from their home in Hythe midway through Sunday afternoon.

They drove to Pig Bush before beginning their walk, but as they walked across land near to Bishop's Dyke they came into difficulty.

Mr Dash said: “We got across the railway line underpass but it then became a bit boggy so we made for a line of trees, going from tuft to tuft.

“But then we got stuck. I was thinking 'I'm stupid'.

“We couldn't move our feet at all.”

Luckily he had his mobile phone to hand, and called the emergency services at about 5.30pm.

Two police officers were first on the scene, but seeing how deep the mud was they waited for Hampshire Fire and Rescue to arrive.

Eighteen firefighters from a number of different stations across Hampshire were called to the scene, and rescued the couple using an inflatable walkway.

Having been stuck in the mud for two hours, they were checked over by paramedics and then driven home by a police officer.

Speaking the morning after, Mr Dash, who retired after the last county council elections, said: “It was a chastening experience.

“We had just gone for an after-lunch walk which went pear-shaped.

“I couldn't believe just how good the emergency services were - they were absolutely amazing.”

Mr Dash, who previously represented Dibden and Hythe for the Liberal Democrats, added: “The police, the firemen, the ambulance crews, they were all there cheerfully sorting out my stupidity.

“The ambulance crew checked us but they should have given me a brain scan.

“You can't trust a retired politician stuck in a bog.”

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10:20am Mon 3 Jun 13

davel_cats says...

The title of this article contains "Elderly couple" but they are only 73 and 74. We are also now reading elsewhere that the age of 70 will be the average retirement age. So you work until you are elderly?
The title of this article contains "Elderly couple" but they are only 73 and 74. We are also now reading elsewhere that the age of 70 will be the average retirement age. So you work until you are elderly? davel_cats
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11:09am Mon 3 Jun 13

chrisja says...

“I couldn't believe just how good the emergency services were - they were absolutely amazing.”

Erm, if they weren't I'd be wondering where my tax money is being spent!!!!
“I couldn't believe just how good the emergency services were - they were absolutely amazing.” Erm, if they weren't I'd be wondering where my tax money is being spent!!!! chrisja
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11:37am Mon 3 Jun 13

Lone Ranger. says...

davel_cats wrote:
The title of this article contains "Elderly couple" but they are only 73 and 74. We are also now reading elsewhere that the age of 70 will be the average retirement age. So you work until you are elderly?
No .... you will be working until you drop
[quote][p][bold]davel_cats[/bold] wrote: The title of this article contains "Elderly couple" but they are only 73 and 74. We are also now reading elsewhere that the age of 70 will be the average retirement age. So you work until you are elderly?[/p][/quote]No .... you will be working until you drop Lone Ranger.
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12:32pm Mon 3 Jun 13

SotonGreen says...

18 fireman, 2 police officers and paramedics, I mean really ? Isnt that a little excessive ?
18 fireman, 2 police officers and paramedics, I mean really ? Isnt that a little excessive ? SotonGreen
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7:37pm Mon 3 Jun 13

Huffter says...

davel_cats wrote:
The title of this article contains "Elderly couple" but they are only 73 and 74. We are also now reading elsewhere that the age of 70 will be the average retirement age. So you work until you are elderly?
Average life expectancy in the UK is now 80.4 years.
[quote][p][bold]davel_cats[/bold] wrote: The title of this article contains "Elderly couple" but they are only 73 and 74. We are also now reading elsewhere that the age of 70 will be the average retirement age. So you work until you are elderly?[/p][/quote]Average life expectancy in the UK is now 80.4 years. Huffter
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8:03pm Mon 3 Jun 13

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Sex in the Woods then ha ha!
Sex in the Woods then ha ha! Fatty x Ford Worker
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8:56pm Mon 3 Jun 13

sarfhamton says...

Doggers no doubt
Doggers no doubt sarfhamton
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9:10pm Mon 3 Jun 13

andysaints007 says...

chrisja wrote:
“I couldn't believe just how good the emergency services were - they were absolutely amazing.”

Erm, if they weren't I'd be wondering where my tax money is being spent!!!!
TW&T
[quote][p][bold]chrisja[/bold] wrote: “I couldn't believe just how good the emergency services were - they were absolutely amazing.” Erm, if they weren't I'd be wondering where my tax money is being spent!!!![/p][/quote]TW&T andysaints007
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10:36pm Mon 3 Jun 13

georgetheseventh says...

Huffter wrote:
davel_cats wrote:
The title of this article contains "Elderly couple" but they are only 73 and 74. We are also now reading elsewhere that the age of 70 will be the average retirement age. So you work until you are elderly?
Average life expectancy in the UK is now 80.4 years.
Oh my God..I should be worrying !!!!

ps and Fatty Ford Worker..all together with police - firemen-medics-and victims there were seven NOT six !
[quote][p][bold]Huffter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]davel_cats[/bold] wrote: The title of this article contains "Elderly couple" but they are only 73 and 74. We are also now reading elsewhere that the age of 70 will be the average retirement age. So you work until you are elderly?[/p][/quote]Average life expectancy in the UK is now 80.4 years.[/p][/quote]Oh my God..I should be worrying !!!! ps and Fatty Ford Worker..all together with police - firemen-medics-and victims there were seven NOT six ! georgetheseventh
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10:36pm Mon 3 Jun 13

Sir Ad E Noid says...

When I first read this at midday, it never mentioned who it was. Now I know who it is, I find it truly laughable. He represented H&D, oh dear.
When I first read this at midday, it never mentioned who it was. Now I know who it is, I find it truly laughable. He represented H&D, oh dear. Sir Ad E Noid
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7:09am Tue 4 Jun 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Another politician in the shi#.
Another politician in the shi#. Norwegian Saint
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