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Five people rescued from their car trapped in several feet of water

Published: 30 Jan 2014 09:300 comments

Five people were rescued from the roof of their car after it was trapped in several feet of water.

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In the early hours of this morning, fire crews were called out at 1.48am to a vehicle trapped in a ford at Pendrys Lane, Hawthorn Hill, Warfield.

The car, which was driven by a male in his early 20s, drove into the ford but the speed of the water spun the car round to face the other direction.

The car was described as a four by four landrover, and by the time firefighters were on the scene the four men and one woman, all in their early 20s, had been forced on to the roof of their car.

Water levels were described as ‘stomach height’, and firefighter Rudy Gallagher, who attended the scene, said: "The driver said he had driven through there before and it was fine, the water was up to the bottom of the car windows."

Two engines from Bracknell and Maidenhead attended, with a water rescue from Caversham deploying an inflatable boat, which was used to access the stranded occupants.

One doctors car and two ambulances arrived, and the occupants were taken into the care of ambulance. No one was injured, just described as 'cold' with one man treated for hypothermia as a precaution.

Five police officers were also called to the scene at 1.52am, assisting the fire crews.

Police left the scene around 3am, with the last engine leaving the scene at around 3.20am.

It is believed the car was removed from the ford this morning.

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