Two dogs have been rescued after they got stuck in a ditch during an early morning stroll. 

The Alsations had to be rescued by firefighters after they became trapped off Brentwood Road in Tilbury at around 5am today (Monday, June 7). 

Crews used a triple extension ladder to create a makeshift way out for the pooches, who were able to escape injury despite the ordeal. 

The rescue operation took around 40 minutes and also involved ambulance staff. 

Temporary watch manager Terry Myers said: "I'd like to thank our firefighters for their work this morning as well as an ambulance service crew who were nearby and helped us to create an improvised platform for the dogs to climb up during the rescue.

"We're pleased the animals are now safe and sound, back with their owners."