An elderly couple died after their car crashed into a water-filled ditch – despite an heroic rescue attempt by passers-by.
Roy and Ivy Emerson, both aged 83, of Hobhole Bank, New Leake died at the scene of the crash, on Fodderdyke Drain in the village at 2pm on Friday.
A rescue attempt was made by two brave employees of Witham Fourth District Internal Drainage Board, Ed Paul and Andrew Quincey, who dived into the water and attempted to pull the couple from their car while emergency services were on their way.
The couple died at the scene.
Witham Fourth IDB chief executive Peter Bateson said: “It’s a credit to the employees that they jumped in and did what they could.
“It’s a credit to them as individuals that they are prepared to do that.”
Engineering manager Andrew Carrott said that given their jobs, the pair would have had a rough idea of the situation before they went in and would have known the water wasn’t flowing, how deep it was and whether the car was safe to attend to.
A police spokesman said: “Police have acknowledged the efforts made by everyone involved in the tragedy and thank them for their assistance.”
The road was closed until about 7pm after the crash.
Anyone who has information on the run up to the crash should call police on 101.