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PICTURES: Car stuck in ditch for 13 hours

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A man was trapped inside car from 2am until 4pm on Tuesday, August 13 Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue

A man was trapped in his car for 13 hours after he drove into a ditch in Romney Marsh.

The 44-year-old driver was discovered trapped in the vehicle, in an air pocket towards the rear of the car.

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Firefighters and emergency services work to pull car out of ditch Credit: Kent Fire and Rescue

The driver was returning from work at around 2am on Tuesday morning, August 13 and was discovered by a lorry driver at 4pm the same day.

Station Manager Rob Sherwood said:

"This was a very unusual rescue and they all did a good job in difficult circumstances. I would like to praise the lorry driver for spotting the car and calling 999, if he hadn’t stopped for a look then the man would have been in there even longer and it might have been a different outcome."

Car stuck upside down in ditch for 13 hours

A man who was trapped in his car for several hours has been rescued by the emergency services in Kent.

The 44-year-old driver was returning from work in Ashford to Romney Marsh at 2am on Tuesday morning when the accident happened.

However, the man's car was not discovered until shortly before 4pm the same day- almost 14 hours later.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service were called after a lorry driver spotted the back wheels of a car upside down in a ditch on the A2070.

Firefighters discovered a man still trapped in the vehicle in an air pocket towards the rear of the car.

Romney Marsh Watch Manager, Alan Brown, said: "The car was almost submerged in four feet of water."

This was a very unusual rescue and they all did a good job in difficult circumstances. I would like to praise the lorry driver for spotting the car and calling 999, if he hadn’t stopped for a look then the man would have been in there even longer and it might have been a different outcome. Our firefighters managed to get into the car and provided an initial medical response until the ambulance teams quickly took over. All the emergency services at the scene worked as a team to achieve this rescue."

– Rob Sherwood, Station Manager

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