Exmouth fire station’s specialist rescue team was tasked to Taunton this morning, Saturday, to help three people in a car stuck in fast-flowing flood water.
The rescue has prompted Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to warn against driving through floodwater, saying lives could be at risk.
Firefighters from Exmouth, on Saturday, February 29, joined colleagues from Wellington and Taunton to bring the people to safety.
A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Upon arrival, crews found three people stuck within floodwater in a car.
“Crews wearing dry suits were eventually able to assist the male driver to dry land.
“Members of public are requested to drive the county roads using caution during this period of heavy persistent rain and do not attempt to drive through flood water as this could endanger their lives.”
A fire service spokesperson added: “Don’t drive through deep water. If you are unsure of the water depth just don’t do it, you are putting yourself and others at unnecessary risk. Don’t enter flood water that is moving or more than four inches deep – turn around rather than put yourself and your vehicle at risk.”
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said:
- Just one foot or 30cm of moving water can float your car.
- An eggcup-full of water going into your engine is enough to wreck it.
- Three-quarters of cars that get stuck in flood water are written off.