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Family rescued from flooded ford
18 Jan 2011
Fire crews have safely plucked out a family, including two toddlers, from a car that got stuck in a flooded ford in Hampshire.
A couple and their children - a one-year-old son and a daughter aged three - were in the vehicle when it got stranded in the waters as they tried to get across the treacherous ford near Brook in the New Forest.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, which was called in for assistance, sent its specially-trained personnel to rescue the family.
Tom Carr, Southampton group manager from Redbridge fire station, said: "South Central Ambulance Service were requested to carry out a precautionary medical check of the two children and both were given a clean bill of health."
The incident is being highlighted as a warning for young drivers and other motorists be cautious when travelling in risky conditions, for their own safety - and not to mention to avoid making a typically hefty car insurance claim.
Mr Carr added: "As was experienced today, the depth or the rapid flow of water are not always apparent, especially when there have been high levels of rainfall.
"I would urge motorists to proceed with caution during inclement weather and consider the consequences of their actions when attempting to drive vehicles through water. I recommend that it is much safer to not take a risk and to find an alternative route."
Copyright Press Association 2011