The neighbours of the family involved in the river tragedy when their cars left the road and plunged into a river killing dad David Cox say they heard shouting 'Daddy is trapped'.
Neighbour Victoria Bamber said Mr Cox's son came running down the country lane shouting for help to free his father.
"He came banging on the door saying 'There's been an accident, Daddy is trapped'.
"When I got to the scene, I could only see the silver 4x4 upside down in the water and Ruth was desperately trying to find David."
Mrs Bamber said she and others waded into the freezing cold water to try to free Mr Cox, smashing the window with a large rock so the central locking failed and the car doors would open.
It is thought daughter Tess escaped through the rear window which had smashed.
A police officer who arrived on the scene also waded into the water to help but, despite the efforts of emergency services personnel, Mr Cox could not be saved.
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