Pensioner rescued from Mini on flooded road near Bransgore

Pensioner rescued from Mini on flooded road

Pensioner rescued from flooded Mini

Pensioner rescued from flooded Mini

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter, New Forest

A pensioner has been rescued after trying to drive along a flooded road where another motorist had already come to grief.

He ignored the “road closed” signs and even drove past the partially-submerged car involved in the earlier incident before finally grinding to a halt.

The pensioner was lifted out of his Mini and transferred to a Range Rover owned by his son, who came to collect him.

Daily Echo reader Simon Rowley, who took these pictures, said: “He got through the worst part, which is about 18ins deep, but the car's engine died a few moments later.

“When I went over to him he said: 'I should have known better'. Even his son wondered what an earth he was doing.”

The pensioner, who was on his way to a funeral, was rescued by firefighters from nearby Christchurch in Dorset.

Mr Rowley added: “The 'road closed' signs very prominent but still they try to drive through. I can't believe the number of people who attempt it.”

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3:42pm Fri 31 Jan 14

RomseyKeith says...

Numpty.
At least he wasn't hurt and just took up valuable emergency service time.
Numpty. At least he wasn't hurt and just took up valuable emergency service time. RomseyKeith
  • Score: 9

3:55pm Fri 31 Jan 14

acid drop says...

what a plonker
what a plonker acid drop
  • Score: 9

4:16pm Fri 31 Jan 14

__KTF__ says...

People like this should get a bill from the services sent to rescue them.
People like this should get a bill from the services sent to rescue them. __KTF__
  • Score: 15

4:23pm Fri 31 Jan 14

romseyboy says...

he should be charged for services used and fined for undue care and attention
also have his eyes tested
he should be charged for services used and fined for undue care and attention also have his eyes tested romseyboy
  • Score: 9

4:24pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Frank28 says...

Ignoring a Road Closed sign means that your insurance will not accept ANY claims, because you've deliberately put your vehicle in peril.
Ignoring a Road Closed sign means that your insurance will not accept ANY claims, because you've deliberately put your vehicle in peril. Frank28
  • Score: 9

4:36pm Fri 31 Jan 14

romseyboy says...

Frank28 wrote:
Ignoring a Road Closed sign means that your insurance will not accept ANY claims, because you've deliberately put your vehicle in peril.
yeah but we they say that when they try to claim tho
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: Ignoring a Road Closed sign means that your insurance will not accept ANY claims, because you've deliberately put your vehicle in peril.[/p][/quote]yeah but we they say that when they try to claim tho romseyboy
  • Score: -1

5:30pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Big Mac says...

Mini's and pensioners don't really work do they?
Next, he'll be posting images online from his ipad whilst tweeting updates from the incident spot.
Mini's and pensioners don't really work do they? Next, he'll be posting images online from his ipad whilst tweeting updates from the incident spot. Big Mac
  • Score: 3

5:30pm Fri 31 Jan 14

MisterGrimsdale says...

Is that the same SImon Rowley who was a sometime demon fast bowler for Burley CC ! (he actually ran in faster than he bowled the ball but it terrified the batsmen)
Is that the same SImon Rowley who was a sometime demon fast bowler for Burley CC ! (he actually ran in faster than he bowled the ball but it terrified the batsmen) MisterGrimsdale
  • Score: 0

5:45pm Fri 31 Jan 14

The Mad Dog says...

yeah but we they say that when they try to claim tho

WHAT?
yeah but we they say that when they try to claim tho WHAT? The Mad Dog
  • Score: 1

9:19pm Fri 31 Jan 14

derek james says...

Frank28 wrote:
Ignoring a Road Closed sign means that your insurance will not accept ANY claims, because you've deliberately put your vehicle in peril.
i don't know how true your comment is because i don't have time to check it but quite often the signs are left until the next day because the workmen have gone home and forgotten or been too idle to remove them, the same with motorway signs where the warnings are quite often wrong by the time you get where the supposed problem is.in this case though it should have been obvious
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: Ignoring a Road Closed sign means that your insurance will not accept ANY claims, because you've deliberately put your vehicle in peril.[/p][/quote]i don't know how true your comment is because i don't have time to check it but quite often the signs are left until the next day because the workmen have gone home and forgotten or been too idle to remove them, the same with motorway signs where the warnings are quite often wrong by the time you get where the supposed problem is.in this case though it should have been obvious derek james
  • Score: -1

7:40pm Sat 1 Feb 14

SotonLad says...

derek james wrote:
Frank28 wrote:
Ignoring a Road Closed sign means that your insurance will not accept ANY claims, because you've deliberately put your vehicle in peril.
i don't know how true your comment is because i don't have time to check it but quite often the signs are left until the next day because the workmen have gone home and forgotten or been too idle to remove them, the same with motorway signs where the warnings are quite often wrong by the time you get where the supposed problem is.in this case though it should have been obvious
Hopefully the police will let his insurance company know what he did so he doesn't get a pay out. Sounds like its time to give up his licence.
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: Ignoring a Road Closed sign means that your insurance will not accept ANY claims, because you've deliberately put your vehicle in peril.[/p][/quote]i don't know how true your comment is because i don't have time to check it but quite often the signs are left until the next day because the workmen have gone home and forgotten or been too idle to remove them, the same with motorway signs where the warnings are quite often wrong by the time you get where the supposed problem is.in this case though it should have been obvious[/p][/quote]Hopefully the police will let his insurance company know what he did so he doesn't get a pay out. Sounds like its time to give up his licence. SotonLad
  • Score: 1

9:35am Sun 2 Feb 14

pob says...

Instead of putting 'Pensioner' in the headline, I wish they had simply put 'Utter ****'. Idiots like this give pensioners a bad name.
I strongly agree with others who say that people like this should be charged for the trouble they cause.
Instead of putting 'Pensioner' in the headline, I wish they had simply put 'Utter ****'. Idiots like this give pensioners a bad name. I strongly agree with others who say that people like this should be charged for the trouble they cause. pob
  • Score: 1

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