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Three vehicles submerged in The Strood

The Strood, Mersea
10/02/2020 @ 12:46
Incident Number: 117794
In attendance: 2 x Colchester, 1 x Urban Search and Rescue (boat)


Firefighters were called to reports of three vehicles submerged in The Strood, this afternoon.

When crews arrived, they confirmed that two of the vehicles had been immediately evacuated.

A water rescue team was deployed alongside the RNLI, Coastguard and a search helicopter to ensure there was no-one trapped within the third vehicle.

Fortunately, we now know that the occupant of the vehicle also managed to evacuate safely.

Station Manager Danny Partridge, who led the incident, said: "This incident has demonstrated how dangerous it can be to drive into deep water.

"Just a couple of feet of water is enough to float a car, which could mean stalling, a loss of control and even mechanical damage."

"Especially in these difficult weather conditions, it just isn't worth the risk. If the water is any higher than half of your car wheels, you shouldn't attempt to drive through."

Firefighters left the scene at around 2.15pm after the search was stood down.

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