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DRIVER RESCUE: The dramatic moment a driver was rescued after his van flipped

This is the dramatic moment a driver rescue occurred for a supermarket driver after his van flipped and careered off the road and got stuck in a fast-flowing ford.

Emergency services were called to reports at 5pm on Tuesday (Jan 19) of a Morrisons van which had gotten stuck in a ford in Weardale, County Durham.

Firefighters and police from Bishop, Durham, Stanhope, and Middleton all rushed to the driver rescue in a dramatic mission.

When they arrived at Stanhope ford they found the Morrisons van had flipped to its side and the driver was sitting on top of the vehicle.

Bishop Auckland Fire Station said the rescue was “challenging” due to the difficult conditions.

The van was later recovered from the water, the force confirmed.

A spokesperson said: “Crews from Stanhope, Middleton-in-Teesdale along with Swift Water Rescue teams from Bishop Auckland and Durham successfully rescued a casualty who’s vehicle had entered the water at Westgate earlier tonight.

"Difficult rescue in challenging conditions, great work all round.

“We're so proud of our Water Rescue Team & crews from Bishop, Durham, Stanhope, and Middleton, who at 5pm last night responded to a vehicle in the water at Westgate.

“On arrival our crews took immediate action, in what were challenging conditions, to ensure the driver was rescued.”

Words: Joe Pagnelli, South West News Service


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