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Crews arrive for mud rescue exercise at abandoned Gravesend pier

PUBLISHED: 10:15 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:27 07 September 2017

The RNLI, PLA, coastguard and firefighters were all part of Thursday's mud rescue training exercise in Gravesend

The RNLI, PLA, coastguard and firefighters were all part of Thursday's mud rescue training exercise in Gravesend

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Two mock casualties will be 'rescued'

Residents living on Gravesend’s riverside are being advised of a training exercise on the banks of the river this morning (Thursday).

Two mock ‘casualties’ will be pulled from mud in a joint exercise involving firefighters, RNLI volunteers, the coastguard and the Port of London Authority.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has sent one fire engine to the abandoned pier, which stretches out between Baltic Wharf and Russell Quay apartments.

A spokesperson from KFRS assured: “There is nothing to be concerned about as this is just an exercise”.

Teams from each of the services arrived at the scene at around 9am and are expected to complete their training by midday.

This time last year, crews trained further up the Thames in Greenhithe, carrying out a similar exercise.

Take a look through our gallery of that training day here.

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