OAP rescued from water

DANGER spot: The road to Sunderland Point, where the man became trapped
DANGER spot: The road to Sunderland Point, where the man became trapped
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An OAP was rescued from his car with seconds to spare after his vehicle was engulfed in flood water.

The man, in his eighties, became marooned as the tide came in on a causeway at Sunderland Point .

Fire crews, coastguard teams from Knott End and Morecambe, and Morecambe inshore lifeboat, as well as an RAF Sea King helicopter all converged on the scene after a concerned member of the public called the emergency services just after midday on Tuesday to say that a car was totally surrounded by the incoming tide and someone was trapped inside.

Adam Bradbury, station officer at Knott End coastguard station, said: “Morecambe’s inshore lifeboat managed to reach the man who only had a few inches of air to spare.

“He was lifted out through the window and taken straight to a waiting ambulance for treatment for possible hypothermia and shock.

“He was caught unaware by the tide and was rescued with minutes to spare.

“This was a really near miss for this gentleman.”

Morecambe RNLI volunteer inshore lifeboat Helmsman Trevor McMeeking said: “It was a close thing. The casualty was cold and in distress but fortunately we were able to force the door open, extricate him from the vehicle and lift him into the lifeboat just seconds before the car sank under the water.

“Due to the casualty’s breathing rate, we supplied him with oxygen and treated him for the effects of cold whilst transporting him to Snatchems where he was safely transferred into the care of a waiting ambulance crew.”

North West Ambulance Service were called to the scene at 12.23pm and said a man was taken to hospital for treatment.

The Liverpool Coastguard said: “If you see someone in difficulty, or if you get into problems yourself, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”