Award for part in car crash rescue

Andrew Stubbs who helped save a man who crashed into a ditch near his home. NA
Andrew Stubbs who helped save a man who crashed into a ditch near his home. NA

A humble Brothertoft man, who has been awarded for helping to save a car crash victim from drowning, is adamant everyone else who helped should be recognised.

Andrew Stubbs, 49, of North Forty Foot Bank, is to receive a Royal Humane Society testimonial on parchment for the part he played in the rescue which saw a stricken vehicle upside down and partially submerged and the driver trapped inside it.

The accident happened in a ditch close to Mr Stubbs’ home late on the afternoon of November 17, last year.

Mr Stubbs howeversaid there were others who helped including emergency services.

He said: “It wasn’t just me, it was my wife, my son and all the emergency services as well.

“The lad himself was quite calm, at the time he was more worried about getting to work the next day.”

He said his wife first heard the crash, while he was asleep, and added his son also fetched tools during the incident.

Mr Stubbs described how they went outside and could hear the driver calling for help, and how he found the car upside down.

He could not open the driver’s door because it was submerged but he managed to open the passenger door, making a couple of attempts to free him.

He said: “As it got colder and colder I held him to keep his head above the water.”

Despite the bitterly cold ditch Mr Stubbs stayed in the water with the driver while the fire services stabilised the vehicle to prevent it slipping deeper into the water.

However, further efforts to free the driver at this point failed and because of his own condition Mr Stubbs was told to leave the water and had to be treated on the bank for hypothermia.

Dick Wilkinson, secretary of the Royal Humane Society, announced the award at the Society’s London headquarters.

“Put simply, he was the right person in the right place at the right time. He put his own safety aside to ensure survival of the motorist and richly deserves the award,” said Mr Wilkinson.

Mr Wilkinson continued : “In all though Mr Stubbs was in that bitterly cold water for about half-an-hour. It must have been a frightening ordeal but undoubtedly he played a major role in helping save the driver.”

No date has been fixed for the award presentation but it will take place in the near future.