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Fleeing suspect and pursuing officers rescued from Crayford Marshes

PUBLISHED: 08:55 13 February 2015 | UPDATED: 08:55 13 February 2015

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Hour-long chase though marshland ends with helicopter rescue

A dramatic air rescue took place last night (Thursday) when a suspect and police officers became stuck during a chase across marshland.

The chase began when a Peugeot van failed to stop for traffic officers at Iron Mill Lane, Crayford, just before 10.30pm on February 12.

Officers followed the vehicle which eventually stopped at Crayford Way and the two male occupants fled on foot.

A 15-year-old male youth was quickly detained by officers.

The second male, aged 19, continued to flee on foot across the River Cray and into Crayford Marshes.

He was eventually became stuck in marshes bordered by a river on either side.

The Met Police’s helicopter helped locate the suspect on camera and guided Marine Support Unit (MSU) officers through the marsh to his location from the air.

Ambulance crews were called when officers became concerned for stuck suspect’s health.

The 19-year-old had been running through river and marshland for more than an hour. When checked by paramedics he was showing signs of the onset of hypothermia.

The officers on the ground who had pursued the suspect had also become bogged down in the marshes.

The police’s Air Support Unit (ASU) removed both the suspect and a marine support unit officery. It also removed two other officers from the marsh.

The 15-year-old male youth, was arrested on suspicion of allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle and drug offences. He was taken to a south London police station.

The second suspect, aged 19, is currently at an east London hospital suspected of suffering from the onset of hypothermia. He has been arrested on suspicion of vehicle and drug offences.

Enquiries continue.

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