MOTORISTS are being urged to pay attention to flood warning signs after an elderly man was trapped in his car when it became completely submerged.
Rescue boats from both Worcester Fire Station and Evesham were needed to come to the rescue of a motorist in Pershore who drove past two depth indicators and was swept away in his car in the flowing water of a ford.
Luckily, on that occasion, the elderly man driving had managed to get himself out of the vehicle and was treated at the scene by medics before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment
But, it is feared, others may not be so lucky.
Station Commander Adrian Thompson who attended the incident said: “The gentleman in the car had a very lucky escape.
“Had there been anybody else in the vehicle then this could easily have been a very tragic incident.”
He added the incident provided a timely reminder for all drivers to pay particular attention to depth indicators at known risk sites.
“It is crucial to not drive through flood water where the depth is unknown or the vehicle has not got the wading capacity to deal with traversing through the water they are faced with.
“It is important at this time of the year to always comply with road closure and warning signs and, if in any doubt, it is better to find an alternative route to avoid the potential risk.
“This may cause inconvenience and additional travel distance, but could save the need to be assisted or rescued from a marooned vehicle or potentially more serious and tragic consequences if caught up in flowing flood water.”