Patrol vehicle comes to a halt in deep water near Bransgore

police officer rescued - after driving through flood

police officer rescued - after driving through flood

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A HAMPSHIRE police officer has been rescued today – after his patrol car was marooned in flood water.

The Skoda came to a halt in deep water at Derritt Lane between Bransgore and Sopley in the New Forest, which has been shut for two weeks due to flooding.

Private firm Wessex Fire and Rescue came to the aid of the officer, who had driven through the water despite there already being an abandoned and submerged vehicle on the road.

Two men pushed the car towards dry land while the officer was sitting inside steering.

It comes despite numerous warnings from police in recent weeks for drivers to avoid flooded sections of road.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: “Yesterday morning an officer was returning from a response call when he drove through some water in Derritt Lane, Bransgore.

“He was following several other cars that had successfully driven through the water without any difficulty, but, unfortunately, the marked Skoda Scout he was driving broke down.

“The water level did not exceed wheel height and there was no ingress of water into the interior of the car, however, the vehicle unfortunately stopped.

“It has now been recovered and will be examined at our workshops to determine the exact nature of the breakdown.

“We will then know more after as to the extent of the damage.”

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6:40pm Sun 2 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

If carlsberg made news stories : )
If carlsberg made news stories : ) KSO16R
  • Score: 8

6:45pm Sun 2 Feb 14

acid drop says...

What a complete an utter plonker
What a complete an utter plonker acid drop
  • Score: 1

6:55pm Sun 2 Feb 14

BeyondImagination says...

The public are warning police not to drive into water unless they know how deep it is.
The public are warning police not to drive into water unless they know how deep it is. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 27

7:03pm Sun 2 Feb 14

hello there says...

obviosly the water got into the air intake as he was driving too dats. make him pay for the repaires as it shouldnt fall on the tax payers because the police officer was being a thick idiot
obviosly the water got into the air intake as he was driving too dats. make him pay for the repaires as it shouldnt fall on the tax payers because the police officer was being a thick idiot hello there
  • Score: -9

7:04pm Sun 2 Feb 14

hello there says...

hello there wrote:
obviosly the water got into the air intake as he was driving too dats. make him pay for the repaires as it shouldnt fall on the tax payers because the police officer was being a thick idiot
too fast
[quote][p][bold]hello there[/bold] wrote: obviosly the water got into the air intake as he was driving too dats. make him pay for the repaires as it shouldnt fall on the tax payers because the police officer was being a thick idiot[/p][/quote]too fast hello there
  • Score: -6

7:33pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Don't always judge says...

Maybe I got it wrong but I thought Coppers are human too?
We ALL make mistakes, but as per usual comments biased.
It's amusing but no need to be nasty, poor Cop
Maybe I got it wrong but I thought Coppers are human too? We ALL make mistakes, but as per usual comments biased. It's amusing but no need to be nasty, poor Cop Don't always judge
  • Score: 18

8:14pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Mr BCB says...

As an ex police driver the cop should have known the consequences. No sympathy from me!
As an ex police driver the cop should have known the consequences. No sympathy from me! Mr BCB
  • Score: 5

1:08am Mon 3 Feb 14

Block 42 says...

These things happen..I'm sure he will laugh about it one day.bet his work mate will give him a good ribbing.
These things happen..I'm sure he will laugh about it one day.bet his work mate will give him a good ribbing. Block 42
  • Score: 3

10:22am Mon 3 Feb 14

Niel says...

Mr BCB wrote:
As an ex police driver the cop should have known the consequences. No sympathy from me!
"A “foolhardy” driver had to be rescued from floodwater after ignoring not just one but two warnings." Seems to apply.

Of course most officers, like most car 'drivers' have little mechanical knowledge of their complex vehicle's these days, so the low air intake issue's VAG 4x4 CARS have like so many others doesn't register. Older designs with air filters and their intakes up high on the engine don't tend to suck in water wrecking the engine...

IIRC the Scout is a slightly raised 4x4 CAR design, properly used it's a good CAR, for these conditions a proper tall 4x4, with raised air intake or 'snorkel' is what's needed, along with the training to use it properly!
[quote][p][bold]Mr BCB[/bold] wrote: As an ex police driver the cop should have known the consequences. No sympathy from me![/p][/quote]"A “foolhardy” driver had to be rescued from floodwater after ignoring not just one but two warnings." Seems to apply. Of course most officers, like most car 'drivers' have little mechanical knowledge of their complex vehicle's these days, so the low air intake issue's VAG 4x4 CARS have like so many others doesn't register. Older designs with air filters and their intakes up high on the engine don't tend to suck in water wrecking the engine... IIRC the Scout is a slightly raised 4x4 CAR design, properly used it's a good CAR, for these conditions a proper tall 4x4, with raised air intake or 'snorkel' is what's needed, along with the training to use it properly! Niel
  • Score: 1

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