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Man rescued after his car gets stuck in freezing water

Just a foot or two of water is enough to float a car and six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars. Credit: Essex Fire & Rescue

Firefighters were called to help a driver who was trapped in his car in Chelmsford.

Crews from Essex Fire and Rescue arrived at Buttsbury Wash to find his car trapped in 3ft of freezing cold water.

The man was freezing cold and was suffering from shock and possibly hypothermia.

Firefighters waded into the flood waters and rescued the man using an inflatable sledge.

Station Manager Martyn Hare said: "When we arrived, the motorist was still in his car and water had started to fill the footwells."

"It is extremely dangerous for anyone to attempt to drive into flood water without knowing how deep the water is, especially on a morning where temperatures had plummeted to -4."

Every year the fire service rescues dozens of motorists who find themselves trapped after driving into flood water.

The fire service is warning motorists not to drive through flood waters which will reach more than half of their car wheels.

Police warn motorists not to drive carelessly in snow

The driver of this car was stopped in Harlow Credit: Inspector Matt Allsop

Police in Essex say some motorists are driving carelessly in the snow.

One Inspector in Harlow tweeted a picture of a car officers had stopped with only a small amount of windscreen visible.

The Highway Code states it's a legal requirement to have a clear view of the road ahead before you set off.

Rule 229 of the Highway Code states:

  • You MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows

  • You MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible

  • Make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly

  • Remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users

  • Check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather are predicted.

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