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Elderly couple rescued from car stuck in rising water

Millom Coastguard team were tasked at 12:50pm yesterday, Wednesday 10 October, as part of a multi-agency response, to reports of an elderly couple stuck in a vehicle, in rising water near to Eskmeals viaduct.

The team, with teams from Furness Coastguard and Whitehaven Coastguard Rescue Team tasked as back up, and units from Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, proceeded to the scene.

Haverigg Inshore Rescue Team were also tasked and launched to assist.

A Spokesman for Millom Coastguard Rescue Team said: “Shortly after arriving on scene the casualties were extracted from their vehicle to be checked over by the North West Ambulance Service.

“We would strongly recommend that people do not attempt to drive their vehicles through roads liable to flooding with an approaching high tide.

“The force of the waves could very easily sweep them out to sea or cause serious injury. Before you start your journey check the weather and tide times and do not take any unnecessary risks.”

A Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Crews used water rescue equipment to rescue two people from the car.

“Crews were at the scene for approximately 75 minutes.”

If people do find themselves in trouble or if they see someone who they think may be in trouble they should call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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