Man rescued from mud at Gravesend pier charged with aggravated vehicle taking

PUBLISHED: 14:19 21 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:40 21 November 2013

A man who was rescued from Gravesend Town Pier yesterday morning after getting stuck in mud has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking - along with another man.

Dale Brown and Martin Back, both 27, of Park Place, Gravesend, will appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court today, with Brown also charged with driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

At approximately 2.30am yesterday, Kent Police officers on patrol signalled to a Ford Fiesta to stop in Lynton Road.

The car made off and stopped on Princes Street, where the male driver and passenger got out of the vehicle and fled.

One man was found stuck in mud under the pier after police conducted an area search, assisted by a police helicopter. He was rescued by a RNLI lifeboat and treated at the scene before being taken to Darent Valley Hospital.

A spokesman for the South East Coast ambulance service said the man was conscious and breathing, but was suffering from the effects of the cold and the water.

A second man was arrested nearby.

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