Man saves driver from drowning after car plunges into water-filled ditch

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A local man has saved young driver from drowning after his car plunged into a water-filled ditch at Brothertoft.

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

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

Lincolnshire Police said: “A local woman heard a screech of brakes and swiftly alerted her partner. They found the car upside-down in a water filled ditch with one man inside.”

After initial attempts to release him failed, the member of the public held his head above the water, and kept talking to him to keep him calm.

He was joined by PC 78 Andy Donnelly and PC 572 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.

He was taken to Pilgrim Hospital after becoming very cold, but otherwise was 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.”

For more on this see the Boston Standard on Wednesday.