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Second person rescued at Buttsbury Wash in two days

Mountnessing Road, Mountnessing
13/12/2017 @ 09:17
Incident Number: 68523
In attendance: 1 x Billericay


Firefighters were called to rescue a man stuck in Buttsbury Wash this morning (Wedneday 13 December), which is the second incident in two days.

When firefighters arrived at the incident, they reported the man was stuck in his vehicle which was in approximately four foot of water.

Firefighters used an inflatable sledge to rescue the man and bring him to safety. The man was rescued by 10:10am.

The fire service have issued the following safety advice:

Every year the fire service rescues dozens of motorists who find themselves trapped after driving into flood water on the roads. These drivers not only risk the lives of themselves and their passengers they also tie up fire crews and rescue teams who could be needed elsewhere.

Mototists should not attempt to drive through flood waters which will reach more than half of their car wheels.

Just a foot or two of water is enough to float a car and six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars. This depth can cause loss of control or possible stalling as water enters the car and damages the mechanical and electric components.

When confronted with floodwater the best thing to do is to stop and find an alternative route.

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