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Man rescued from floodwater

Hammonds Road, Sandon
28/12/2020 @ 18:36
Incident Number: 136779
In attendance: 1 x Chelmsford


Firefighters have issued safety advice after two people were rescued in separate incidents after driving into floodwater.

A crew from Chelmsford were called to Hammonds Road, Sandon today at 6.36pm after a man was trapped. He had got out of his car after driving onto a flooded road but was stuck in water up to his chest.

Firefighters waded into the water to bring him to safety by 7.47pm. They requested the Ambulance Service because the man was showing signs of hypothermia and asked the police to set up a diversion to stop other drivers entering the road.

Crews were called to Hoe Mill Road, Woodham Walter today at 4.56pm where a person was trapped in their car after driving into floodwater.

On-call firefighters from Maldon used a triple extension ladder to rescue the casualty by 5.25pm.

With more rain expected this week, please follow our advice and stay safe while driving on wet roads:

  • If you come across a flooded road, turn around and find another route
  • Do not attempt to drive through flood water - just a couple of feet of water is enough to float your vehicle
  • If you have to drive through water, reduce your speed
  • Allow extra braking distance when driving in wet conditions

Driving into flood water just isn't worth it. You risking your own life and you'll require the help of fire crews and rescue teams who could be needed elsewhere.


Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Maldon firefighters who were called to the incident today are on-call firefighters who live or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station and are paid to protect their local community.

To find out more about the role and how you can apply, visit: join.essex-fire.gov.uk/on-call

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