- Wednesday, 18 December 2013 20:34
Main road between Winford and Chew Magna
A couple in their 50s have been rescued from flood water by firefighters.
When crews arrived on the scene they found a Volkwagen estate car in water which was around two feet deep. A man was sitting on the roof and a woman was sitting on a window ledge.
It’s thought they had driven through the flood water and got stuck. As the water was around two feet deep they were unable to get to safety.
Three firefighters trained in swift water rescue techniques and wearing dry suits waded into the water with an air track inflatable walkway.
On reaching the vehicle they assisted the couple to safety. They were unharmed.
Crews then worked to clear blocked drains in the area to help the water subside. The road was closed to prevent further incidents.
Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people to take care when driving in heavy rain. Never drive through flood water as it could be much deeper than you think.
If you do find yourself trapped in flood water never try to swim to safety as you could end up being carried away by currents or affected by hypothermia.
Always dial 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service as they have the equipment and training to deal with incidents of this nature.