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Good Samaritan rescues elderly couple from sinking car

Emergency services have praised the actions of a delivery driver who risked his life to save an elderly couple from a submerged car.

The couple were pulled from the vehicle just in time, as water quickly rose around them.

Gary Brewer waded through the chest-high water in Sparkwell to reach the red Renault Clio shortly before noon.

He managed to release the two pensioners from the car - where water had risen within eight inches of the roof - before the fire service arrived.

All three were suffering from hypothermia due to the cold water, and Mr Brewer was taken to Derriford Hospital where he was also treated for cut wrists due to breaking glass.

From my understanding when he called me just afterwards he injured himself doing it.

He slashed his arms up as he broke the window to get to the couple.

He's a good lad and we're calling Dins a hero.

– Mark Frearson, managing director at APC Overnight's Plymouth branch

South Western Ambulance Service dubbed Gary's act "selfless", and said the couple had travelled down to the West Country to spend time with family for New Year.

One gentleman dialled 999, broke the passenger window and freed them from the vehicle with the assistance of another member of the public who hd also stopped to help.

One of the rescuers was taken to Derriford hospital with minor injuries sustained as a result of his brave actions.

The couple had travelled down to the West Country to spend time with family for the new year period and the selfless act of these members of the public really did make a positive difference – without their intervention the outcome would have been very different. The ambulance service worked with fire and police colleagues at the scene and the only person to be taken to hospital was one the rescuers.

– South Western Ambulance Service

Police also live tweeted the dramatic rescue.

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