Two Rescued From Flooded Ford

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning people about the dangers of driving through flood water.

It's after two people got stuck in their car on Balmer Lawn Road in Brockenhurst after trying to drive through a flooded ford. They had to be rescued by firecrews.

Fire crews were alerted to the trapped car at 14:43 on Tuesday 9th October, after the car was stuck in water.

Crews from Lyndhurst and Hardley were immediately mobilised to the scene. Firefighters worked hard to release the occupants and take them to a place of safety within 30 minutes of the initial call.

Crew Manager Peter Cooksey says:

“Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will continue do its upmost to warn motorists of the risks of driving into deep water.

“Your vehicle may be swept away or become stranded. Vehicles can float away in just two feet of water. If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately if safe to do so and seek higher ground. Do not travel in heavy rain storms unless absolutely necessary.”

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service guidelines:

• Avoid entering any river fords during or after periods of rainfall;

• Always pay attention to warning devices, such as depth gauges;

• If in doubt, DO NOT enter the water in a vehicle or on foot;

• If water is safe to enter, always test your vehicle breaks on exiting;

• Motorists should slow down, cross in lower gears and keep revs up to maintain pressure in the exhaust to prevent water getting into the engine.