Family saved from sinking car

By Dan Santy Friday 15 February 2013 Updated: 15/02 12:30

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QUICK thinking workmen rescued a mother and her three children when their car became trapped in a swollen ford and began to sink.

The family had to be freed from their car by the two men when it became pinned against a bridge by the force of the 3ft flood water on the remote Churchover Lane, between Harborough Magna and Churchover, yesterday (Thursday) shortly after 6pm.

The men, who were taking a shortcut home after an accident closed part of the M1, heard what was happening and went to find the car broken down and starting to let in water.

The force of the water stopped them from opening the doors, but they waded in and managed to open the boot before dragging the family out through it.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "On arrival of ambulance crews, the mother and her three children aged six months, six years and five years were being looked after by the fire service.

"Crews were told the car - which by this time was submerged in four feet of water with only the aerial showing - had been pinned against the bridge.

"The four were checked over by ambulance personnel and, other than being in shock from the cold and wet, they were not injured and not in need of hospital treatment. They were taken home in the ambulance.

"Had the car not been a hatchback and had the two men not come to their aid so quickly, the outcome may have been very different. Our praise must go to the two men for acting so quickly."

Firefighters, including crews in boats and the water rescue vehicle, were also sent to the scene. Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is advising people not to risk driving through the flood water.

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