Motorist lifted from cars after driving in to deep flood water

‘Foolhardy’ driver ignored signs of danger to end up trapped in car

‘Foolhardy’ driver ignored signs of danger to end up trapped in car

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A “foolhardy” driver had to be rescued from floodwater after ignoring not just one but two warnings.

A country lane on the Hampshire-Dorset border looks more like a river than a road after the wettest January on record.

But the elderly driver who was on his way to a funeral ignored the road closure and even turned a blind eye to a semi-submerged car that had already come to grief.

His low-slung Mini ground a halt seconds later after water flooded the engine, leaving him trapped inside the vehicle.

The driver was lifted out of the car by firefighters and handed over to his son, who arrived in a Range Rover to collect him.

It happened at Derritt Lane, Bransgore, which has been flooded for about two weeks.

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

“When I went over to him he said: ‘I should have known better’.”

Jacque Lay, vice-chairman of Bransgore Parish Council, said: “The ‘road closed’ sign is there for a reason. Most people look at the depth of the water and turn back, especially as there’s already an abandoned car down there.”

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6:24pm Sat 1 Feb 14

sparkster says...

I think people like this who ignore warnings which let's face are put there for their benefit should have to pay to be rescued, perhaps they'd learn teir lheir lesson (maybe)
I think people like this who ignore warnings which let's face are put there for their benefit should have to pay to be rescued, perhaps they'd learn teir lheir lesson (maybe) sparkster
  • Score: 12

7:59pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Mary80 says...

If you clearly choose to ignore warnings and can bloody SEE there's a flood you bring on whatever danger you knowingly walk into
If you clearly choose to ignore warnings and can bloody SEE there's a flood you bring on whatever danger you knowingly walk into Mary80
  • Score: 6

8:20pm Sat 1 Feb 14

sparkster says...

quite right Mary80 I don't know what some people think warning signs are for
quite right Mary80 I don't know what some people think warning signs are for sparkster
  • Score: 3

9:48pm Sat 1 Feb 14

downfader says...

If only there was some kind of licence and training to stop this happening..

..oh wait..!
If only there was some kind of licence and training to stop this happening.. ..oh wait..! downfader
  • Score: 11

10:56pm Sat 1 Feb 14

sass says...

If you really have to ford a flooded road, you should proceed at the slowest speed possible. You can reverse if it gets too deep and you don't drown the engine with a bow wave.
If you really have to ford a flooded road, you should proceed at the slowest speed possible. You can reverse if it gets too deep and you don't drown the engine with a bow wave. sass
  • Score: 6

10:58pm Sat 1 Feb 14

downfader says...

sass wrote:
If you really have to ford a flooded road, you should proceed at the slowest speed possible. You can reverse if it gets too deep and you don't drown the engine with a bow wave.
Or fit a snorkel if you have a Landy.
[quote][p][bold]sass[/bold] wrote: If you really have to ford a flooded road, you should proceed at the slowest speed possible. You can reverse if it gets too deep and you don't drown the engine with a bow wave.[/p][/quote]Or fit a snorkel if you have a Landy. downfader
  • Score: 4

9:00am Sun 2 Feb 14

derek james says...

sparkster wrote:
I think people like this who ignore warnings which let's face are put there for their benefit should have to pay to be rescued, perhaps they'd learn teir lheir lesson (maybe)
that's fine if the signs are removed when the danger is over, unfortunately that is often not the case ,the same with motorway gantry signs that warn of danger all too often that's gone
[quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: I think people like this who ignore warnings which let's face are put there for their benefit should have to pay to be rescued, perhaps they'd learn teir lheir lesson (maybe)[/p][/quote]that's fine if the signs are removed when the danger is over, unfortunately that is often not the case ,the same with motorway gantry signs that warn of danger all too often that's gone derek james
  • Score: 0

6:29pm Sun 2 Feb 14

sparkster says...

that is very true
that is very true sparkster
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10:09am Mon 3 Feb 14

Niel says...

derek james wrote:
sparkster wrote:
I think people like this who ignore warnings which let's face are put there for their benefit should have to pay to be rescued, perhaps they'd learn teir lheir lesson (maybe)
that's fine if the signs are removed when the danger is over, unfortunately that is often not the case ,the same with motorway gantry signs that warn of danger all too often that's gone
The other problem is the little shites who think nicking signs or kicking them over, along with road barriers protecting holes and the like, is fun...
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: I think people like this who ignore warnings which let's face are put there for their benefit should have to pay to be rescued, perhaps they'd learn teir lheir lesson (maybe)[/p][/quote]that's fine if the signs are removed when the danger is over, unfortunately that is often not the case ,the same with motorway gantry signs that warn of danger all too often that's gone[/p][/quote]The other problem is the little shites who think nicking signs or kicking them over, along with road barriers protecting holes and the like, is fun... Niel
  • Score: 1

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