August 25th, 2013 |
The Hockley Rescue
The BBC reports
A family had to be rescued from their sinking car after it became trapped in flood water as it was being driven under a railway bridge in Essex.
The Mitsubishi Pajero, driven by Scott Swinford, 30, of Southend, who had three children on board, was hit by the rising waters on Spa Road, Hockley.
“As I put the car into reverse the current of the floodwater just lifted us further in,” Mr Swinford said.
I thought the motion of the wheels would drag us out, but we just started sinking”
Heavy flooding caused major disruption in south Essex throughout Saturday.
Essex Fire and Rescue dealt with more than 300 calls for help as the result of floods.
Mr Swinford was returning from Rayleigh Weir with his eight-year-old son Reece, his niece Jessica, 6, and four-year-old nephew Alfie.
The group was rescued by friends Hannah King and Emma Burles, from Hockley, and three boys who had gone to watch the floods….
Well done to the rescuers! You can see the video on You-tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6WGVGrtCWc
Hat-tip: Graham Osborn