September 29th, 2016

Trapped pensioner in sinking car stuns rescuers

Updated: 8:06 am, Aug 15, 2015

AN ELDERLY fisherman who drove into a pond was so calm he sat in his car smoking his pipe as it slowly filled up with water.

The man in his 80s had driven to a farm in Loxley on Tuesday afternoon (August 11) for a spot of fishing and somehow managed to finish up in the middle of the pond in his car.

But when paramedics and firefighters arrived on the scene around 3pm, they found the man perfectly calm and smoking his pipe.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man had gone to the farm to fish in its lake. After his car ended up in the water, he smoked his pipe and chatted to the farmer who went into the lake in his waders. Firefighters carried him from his car back onto land.

“He wasn’t hurt or even cold but ambulance crews removed his clothing to ensure he didn’t get cold and he was driven home in the ambulance.”

John Hutsby, owner of the Oakham Farm Pool where the man had found himself stranded, said he had never seen him before and the unfamiliar surroundings may have led him to drive in the pond.

He said: “He was as calm as anything. He seemed to be totally relaxed and wondered why we hadn’t towed him out of the pond already.

“I had never seen the gentleman at the pools before so he must have been slightly unaware of where things were and it seems he put on too much speed going up the bank and the momentum carried him into the pool.”

“He was in the slowly sinking car for about ten to 15 minutes before the crews helped him escape through the open window. He seemed to be more worried about his pipe and fishing equipment than anything else.”

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