Dramatic rescue of family trapped in flood waters in Barcombe Mills

The Argus: Dramatic rescue of family trapped in flood waters in Barcombe Mills Dramatic rescue of family trapped in flood waters in Barcombe Mills

Exclusive video: A man and his two children had to be rescued from their car after being trapped in flood water in Barcombe Mills.

The man reportedly tried to cross the bridge at about 8.55am but realised it was too deep and attempted to turn around but instead was left trapped in rising waters.

Fire crews were deployed and firefighters waded out to the car to carry the two children to safety.

Specialist equipment was then used to rescue the man, who had stayed with the vehicle while the children were carried to dry land.


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11:52am Fri 7 Feb 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

that was dramatic a man in a dingy with a blanket on him Well done!
that was dramatic a man in a dingy with a blanket on him Well done! upsidedowntuctuc

12:02pm Fri 7 Feb 14

The Prophet of Doom says...

The water levels are high and quite likely unnavigable but people attempt to get through anyway?

Stupidity knows no bounds.
The water levels are high and quite likely unnavigable but people attempt to get through anyway? Stupidity knows no bounds. The Prophet of Doom

12:13pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Martha Gunn says...

So this is what a 'drama' involving the use of 'specialist equipment' looks like.

I wonder what language you are holding in reserve for a real emergency.
So this is what a 'drama' involving the use of 'specialist equipment' looks like. I wonder what language you are holding in reserve for a real emergency. Martha Gunn

12:27pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Richada says...

Thus proving that, unlike in the adverts for it, the Fiat 500 does not make a brilliant amphibious craft.

(It does say at the end of the ad. something along the lines of "please don't try this at home" - we can all now see why)
Thus proving that, unlike in the adverts for it, the Fiat 500 does not make a brilliant amphibious craft. (It does say at the end of the ad. something along the lines of "please don't try this at home" - we can all now see why) Richada

12:43pm Fri 7 Feb 14

John Steed says...

What a Fool. there are depth gauges both sides of the bridge, this is a well known local flood area, still hes not the first, not the last
What a Fool. there are depth gauges both sides of the bridge, this is a well known local flood area, still hes not the first, not the last John Steed

3:08pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Ohnotagain ! says...

Ooh that was dramatic, my nails have gone now,

Please Argus, don't show anymore nerve damaging dramatic rescue's such as this.

Yawn....
Ooh that was dramatic, my nails have gone now, Please Argus, don't show anymore nerve damaging dramatic rescue's such as this. Yawn.... Ohnotagain !

3:12pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Sussex jim says...

You can see how deep-or shallow- the water is from the video. The raft is only just floating. You can also see how deep the car is.
I got stuck there once. I took off my shoes and rolled up my trouser legs, and carried the child with me (who found it an exiting adventure!) back to the dry road. I was more concerned with finding a tractor to pull the car out than calling the fire brigade.
The problem with this road is that the flooding comes and goes with the tides; but the warning signs stay in place round the clock, and this encourages local traffic to ignore the warnings. The trick is to keep to the crown of the road, and be prepared to reverse (not turn) at the first sign of trouble.
You can see how deep-or shallow- the water is from the video. The raft is only just floating. You can also see how deep the car is. I got stuck there once. I took off my shoes and rolled up my trouser legs, and carried the child with me (who found it an exiting adventure!) back to the dry road. I was more concerned with finding a tractor to pull the car out than calling the fire brigade. The problem with this road is that the flooding comes and goes with the tides; but the warning signs stay in place round the clock, and this encourages local traffic to ignore the warnings. The trick is to keep to the crown of the road, and be prepared to reverse (not turn) at the first sign of trouble. Sussex jim

4:35pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Goldenwight says...

Would "specialist equipment" ais it is known to the fire service, be what is known to us public as "a boat"?
Would "specialist equipment" ais it is known to the fire service, be what is known to us public as "a boat"? Goldenwight

4:42pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Crystal Ball says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Would "specialist equipment" ais it is known to the fire service, be what is known to us public as "a boat"?
From the video, it seems an upturned table would have sufficed.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Would "specialist equipment" ais it is known to the fire service, be what is known to us public as "a boat"?[/p][/quote]From the video, it seems an upturned table would have sufficed. Crystal Ball

7:49pm Fri 7 Feb 14

nosolution says...

It's 3" deep! Hardly Somerset. .
It's 3" deep! Hardly Somerset. . nosolution

3:20pm Sat 8 Feb 14

claudia b says...

Although people seem to be belittling this rescue,the fact remains that it could have been avoided completely. It doesn't take much water to drown you,and then it would have been a very different story.
Although people seem to be belittling this rescue,the fact remains that it could have been avoided completely. It doesn't take much water to drown you,and then it would have been a very different story. claudia b

10:21am Tue 11 Feb 14

alexis_svenn says...

I met that man who was rescued once and he was really nice.
I met that man who was rescued once and he was really nice. alexis_svenn

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