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OAP rescued from car in water

The road to Sunderland point where the man became trapped.

The road to Sunderland point where the man became trapped.

A full scale rescue was launched after an elderly man became trapped in his car which began to fill with water.

The OAP became marooned as the tide came in on a causeway at Sunderland Point this lunchtime.

Fire crews, coastguard teams from Knott End and Morecambe, and Morecambe inshore lifeboat, as well as an RAF Sea King helicopter all converged on the scene after a concerned member of the public called the emergency services.

Adam Bradbury, station officer at Knott End coastguard station, said: “Morecambe’s inshore lifeboat managed to reach the man who only had a few inches of air to spare.

“He was lifted out through the window and taken straight to a waiting ambulance for treatment for possible hypothermia and shock.

“He was caught unaware by the tide and was rescued with minutes to spare.

“This was a really near miss for this gentleman.

“We would advise people to check the tides before they go on to Sunderland Point because they put themselves in unnecessary danger if they don’t.”

 

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