Woman rescued from ford

Sunday 3rd May 2015 – 1pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service is urging motorists to take extra care when approaching fords following an incident in Wolverhampton this morning.

Heavy overnight rainfall resulted in an increased depth level at a ford in Furnace Grange Road in Trescott and it was enough to catch one motorist out when they became stranded as they tried to drive through it.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident just before 8am and sent a paramedic area support officer and a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff discovered a car that was stuck in a ford, with a woman, believed to be in her 30s, trapped inside.

“She was rescued by the fire service with the use of a ladder, before being assessed by ambulance staff. Thankfully she was uninjured in the incident and discharged on scene.

“A man, who had managed to free himself from the vehicle prior to the arrival of emergency services, was also uninjured.

“When approaching a ford, it is essential to slow down and check water levels on the relevant marker posts before attempting to pass through.

“If you are unsure of the depth and have no way of checking, it is advisable to try and find an alternative route.

“If safely negotiating a ford, always check your breaks once out of the other side as it is highly likely they will have got wet whilst passing through.”


Notes to Editors:

If used, please credit the images to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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