Police officers form human chain to rescue woman from car in flooded ford
Footage shows the woman being dragged from her car after she was caught in a flooded ford near Worcester on Tuesday.
Footage showing a woman being rescued through the window of her car after it became submerged in a flooded ford has been released by police.
Officers formed a human chain to save the woman who was caught in flash flooding in Worcester on Tuesday.
They waded into the water and managed to drag her out through a window as the vehicle sank deeper. Moments later it was completely submerged.
The incident, between between Pershore and Drakes Broughton, near Worcester, was caught on police body cameras and has been shared by the local force to warn drivers of the dangers of flash flooding.
Emergency services arrived to find the woman's car already at least 30 feet downstream and submerged under water.
In the footage, the driver can be heard apologising to her rescuers, to which one responds: "Don't apologise lovely, don't apologise."
Another can be heard telling her "we'll get your stuff later, just watch your legs", moments before they haul her from the broken car window.
West Mercia Police said the woman was rescued from the vehicle within 20 minutes of the 999 call.
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Chief Inspector Brian Gibbs said: “Unfortunately the woman found herself in difficulty in the ford and we’re really pleased officers were able to act so swiftly and rescue her before the vehicle sank too far under the water.
"Thankfully she wasn’t injured during the incident.
“This is, however, a stark reminder of how dangerous the water can be and we would always urge motorists to take care and avoid driving through large pools of water.
"I am immensely proud of the work of our team, they all acted in the finest traditions of policing acting quickly and instinctively working together as a team to rescue the lady."
A force spokesperson added: "Well done to all the officers involved for their quick lifesaving actions."
Worcester has become a hotspot for floods in recent years. In January, the River Severn overflowed due to persistent rain.