Elizabeth Young who was saved from her partially submerged car has met the man she says saved her life. Colin Smithson waded through freezing chest high flood water to reach her and bring her to safety
He'd spotted her vehicle while taking photos of the flooding from the balcony of his home in Kirkbride in Cumbria. Elizabeth wants to thank her friends and other locals who were also rushing to help her. Watch Colin and Elizabeth's reunion below:
An amateur photographer taking pictures of flood water ended up rescuing a woman after spotting her partially submerged car on one of his photos. Colin Smithson from Kikbride in Cumbria waded out in waist deep water to save the lady. Hannah McNulty reports.
When Colin Smithson snapped some photos from his home in Kirkbride near Wigton, he thought he was just capturing the flooding. When he looked at his pictures on his computer screen, he spotted the roof of a car on the road below him.
He decided to investigate and waded out to the car. Inside, he found a woman, thought to be in her 70s, who was trapped. She'd already called for help but he was able to help her to safety.
Colin says "She was obviously very frightened, she said she'd rang people because she thought she was going to drown because by that time the water was up to her chest and the car was pretty full of water" However he says he's not a hero and says he was just doing what he needed to do.