OAP rescued from car in Skerton

Stewart McGonnell from JM Motors rescues an old lady trapped in flood waters in Skerton.
Stewart McGonnell from JM Motors rescues an old lady trapped in flood waters in Skerton.
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An OAP had to be rescued from her car after it became stuck in rising flood waters in Skerton.

The terrified old lady had driven down Aldrens Lane into Halton Road when she became trapped in the water which was waist deep.

I just wanted to get her out as quick as I could. You can’t leave someone there like that, if it was my mum or nan I would want someone to help

Stewart McGonnell

Stewart McGonnell, 32, from nearby GM Motors, was at work and saw the water rising half way up the wheels of the car.

He said: “She was screaming and people were standing around not helping. I waded in and the water was waist deep and freezing.

“The lady could not swim so I guided her to the road. An ambulance was waiting and took her to hospital.

“We don’t really know how or why she got into the water, she may have followed a 4 x 4 vehicle but by the time she got into the water it was too late.

“The poor lady had only been in hospital two days before with bronchitis.

“I just wanted to get her out as quick as I could. You can’t leave someone there like that, if it was my mum or nan I would want someone to help.

“My dad calmed her down. We are just glad she got out safely.

“Our garage GM Services was waist deep in water and the clean-up is underway today. It’s mayhem. I can’t believe how bad the water was.

“We had four or five cars on the forecourt which we are having to dry out. It’s devastating.”

Glen Kirk, a friend of Stewart McGonnell, came across the rescue on Saturday at 3pm.

Glen, of EK Mobile Mechanics, who videoed at the scene, said: “I have known Stewart for two years now and he always does at least one good deed a day but this one probably saved a life.

“I drove round to see if the lady wanted a lift but she was taken away by an ambulance.

“Stewart is always helping people out and he deserves a bit of recognition.”

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