A MAN from Solihull had a lucky escape on Tuesday evening after the car he was driving got stuck in a ford over the River Cole in Wythall.
The motorist, who is in his 30’s, was travelling along Houndsfield Lane at approximately 9.35pm on March 3 when water levels rose sharply and suddenly and the vehicle came to an abrupt halt with him inside it.
West Midlands Ambulance Service and fire crews from Hereford and Worcester Fire Service attended the scene, along with a rapid response team and were able to help the man to safety by throwing a rope which he tied to his car and used to support himself to walk away from the spot.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “After the heavy rain on Tuesday, the water was running extremely high and when crews arrived it was about three to four feet deep and the driver was stuck in the car.”
“The man was extremely cold but fortunately uninjured. Ambulance staff dried and warmed him while they waited for relatives to come and pick him up.”
“The man said that by the time he realised what was going on it was too late to stop and the current took him into the middle of the river.”
“Ambulance crews say it is not the first time they have been called to the location but undoubtedly this driver has been very fortunate not to have found himself in an even more serious situation.”
Hereford and Worcester Fire Service are believed to have despatched a boat to the location but it was not needed as the man was rescued before it was put to use and the man’s car is thought to have been towed to safety by a vehicle recovery company.