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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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