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Firecrew warning as driver gets stranded

DON’T put yourself at risk and have to call us out unnecessarily - that was the message from a Solihull firefighter this week following an incident at a regular flooding trouble-spot in Catherine-de-Barnes.

DON’T put yourself at risk and have to call us out unnecessarily - that was the message from a Solihull firefighter this week following an incident at a regular flooding trouble-spot in Catherine-de-Barnes.

Two Solihull firecrews and the technical rescue unit from Bickenhill were called to Henwood Lane shortly after 6pm on Monday (December 7) when a young motorist was stranded in a ford.

Water, just a few inches deep, had splashed up under the bonnet and cut off the electrics.

Crew commander Tim Perks, based at Solihull Fire Station, told the News: “The fire service advice if you approach a ford - and don’t know how deep it is - is not to go into the water. It is not worth risking your life - or ours if we have to rescue you.

“The young driver was sat in the car waiting for assistance after someone else raised the alarm.

“We were committed for around an hour. The man got out of the car onto a ladder and walked to safety. We pushed the car out of the water.

“People should always check the reading on a marker post beside the road to see how deep the water is, particularly if it’s dark.”

 

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