Thursday, 19 October 2017

Motorist rescued from ford

DRIVERS have been warned to be careful when crossing fords after a car had to be rescued by firefighters this

DRIVERS have been warned to be careful when crossing fords after a car had to be rescued by firefighters this week.

Fire crews were called to Whistley Mill Lane, Charvil, when a driver got stuck trying to cross Lands End ford at 8am Tuesday.

It took them an hour to winch the Jaguar X-type out of the water.

The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning drivers not to attempt to cross fords when warning signs indicate the water levels are high.

Jess James, station commander at Caversham Road fire station, said: “The water level at Lands End ford was only around 2ft but this was still enough to come over the door seal of the car and cause this gentleman to get into difficulties.

“The fact that the ford was at this level after a few days of heavy rainfall just goes to show how quickly it can rise and at this time of year it is only likely to get deeper.

“Our message is very clear: do not put yourself and other occupants of your vehicle at risk. It may mean that you have to take a slight detour but a few extra minutes added to your journey is by far a better option than getting stuck in the ford.”

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