Police praise quick-thinking couple for brave rescue effort

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Police have praised a local man for his bravery and swift action in saving a young driver from drowning in a water-filled ditch in Brothertoft.

The accident took place at about 5.30pm on Sunday when the car left the road and landed in a dike at North Forty Foot Bank.

The 20-year-old driver was left precariously suspended by his seatbelt with his head under water.

Resident Andy Stubbs was returning from a Remembrance service for a friend killed in a road crash, when he was alerted to the accident by his wife – and rushed into the water to help the man.

After initial attempts to release him failed, Mr Stubbs held his head above the water and kept talking to him to keep him calm. He was joined by PC Andy Donnelly and PC Kieron Virth who also both entered the water to help.

After 40 minutes the Metheringham man was released by Lincs Fire and Rescue’s underwater team and taken to Pilgrim Hospital after becoming very cold, but was otherwise not seriously injured.

Lincolnshire Police said: “We would like to praise the efforts of this couple who were quick thinking and brave and whose actions may well have saved a man’s life.”

Chief Insp Paul Timmins commented: “The actions of the people who responded to this incident undoubtedly saved a life.”

Referring to Mr Stubbs, he added: “ I have the utmost praise for his actions and his instinctive help for another person. He helped prevent this RTC from being a fatality and I thank him for his selflessness and bravery.”