White van driver stuck in water calls on firefighters to help

Firefighters rescued a motorist who had driven a pickup truck through a submerged section of a tidal road.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Services sent crews from Kingsbridge as well as Salcombe Fire Station to assist the driver stranded at Aveton Gifford on Thursday morning.

Fire departments found the motorist “stranded in the water at the Bigbury end of the tidal road,” according to a Facebook post from the Kingsbridge Fire Station.

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The driver and van were removed from the tidal road and moved to “a place of safety pending collection,” according to the social media post.

The post reminded motorists that the tidal road is not passable when covered with water, adding: “There are also several submerged sections along.”



Fire crews rescued a van and its driver on Avveton Gifford’s tidal road.

Firefighters urged drivers to find an alternate route when the road is covered with water.

The message read in full: ‘This morning we were mobilized by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Services to assist a motorist who had stranded in the water at the Bigbury End from the tidal road.

“Together with our colleagues at the Salcombe Fire Station, we were able to help the driver and the disabled van get to a safe place while waiting to be picked up.

“Keep in mind that this road is impassable when covered with water and there are also several submerged sections along it.

“The delay in this driver’s journey was significantly longer than if he had taken an alternative route.”

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