Car rescued from flooded ford

SUBMERGED: Fire crews pull out car stuck in flooded ford. All pictures by Jackie Trott.

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TWO men had to be rescued after their car became partially submerged in a flooded ford near Droitwich.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service was called at 7.20pm yesterday (Saturday) to Shell Ford, Himbleton, after the car got into difficulties.

The men had managed to get out of the vehicle and were waiting on the roof when emergency crews arrived.

A crew from Droitwich and a water rescue crew from Pershore attended and used ropes to pull the car out.

Another vehicle was also recovered from the water.

Meanwhile, a man was rescued from the from River Severn near Diglis Weir at 12.20am today (Sunday).

A water rescue unit from Pershore, a boat and fire crew from Worcester were called by police and rescued the man by 1.30am.

The Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) was also called but not needed.

There were no reported injuries.

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11:43am Sun 20 Jul 14

Redhillman says...

If there were depth markers at the ford, surely this would have indicated to the drivers that the water was to deep to traverse in normal car, like the one shown in the photos? Also, with all this torrential rain we had, why wasn't the ford closed off by the highways people to prevent vehicles from even trying to negotiate the ford?
If there were depth markers at the ford, surely this would have indicated to the drivers that the water was to deep to traverse in normal car, like the one shown in the photos? Also, with all this torrential rain we had, why wasn't the ford closed off by the highways people to prevent vehicles from even trying to negotiate the ford? Redhillman
  • Score: 15

11:59am Sun 20 Jul 14

mack18 says...

It just goes to show the stupidity of some drivers - how on earth did they think that they could cross the ford with the water that deep? I hope they are billed for the cost of this rescue operation and their insurance company refuse any claim.
It just goes to show the stupidity of some drivers - how on earth did they think that they could cross the ford with the water that deep? I hope they are billed for the cost of this rescue operation and their insurance company refuse any claim. mack18
  • Score: 39

12:38pm Sun 20 Jul 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Redhillman wrote:
If there were depth markers at the ford, surely this would have indicated to the drivers that the water was to deep to traverse in normal car, like the one shown in the photos? Also, with all this torrential rain we had, why wasn't the ford closed off by the highways people to prevent vehicles from even trying to negotiate the ford?
The ford wasn't closed off because because Nanny doesn't have enough staff to hold all our hands 24 hours a day.
As you say in your first sentence depth markers should be enough and if you look at the 3rd photo it appears to show depth markers.
[quote][p][bold]Redhillman[/bold] wrote: If there were depth markers at the ford, surely this would have indicated to the drivers that the water was to deep to traverse in normal car, like the one shown in the photos? Also, with all this torrential rain we had, why wasn't the ford closed off by the highways people to prevent vehicles from even trying to negotiate the ford?[/p][/quote]The ford wasn't closed off because because Nanny doesn't have enough staff to hold all our hands 24 hours a day. As you say in your first sentence depth markers should be enough and if you look at the 3rd photo it appears to show depth markers. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 34

1:03pm Sun 20 Jul 14

CJH says...

I would have left them there until the waters went back down. There's always some arrogant/stupid person who thinks they know best and that warnings don't apply to them. Hope they are deeply embarrassed...
I would have left them there until the waters went back down. There's always some arrogant/stupid person who thinks they know best and that warnings don't apply to them. Hope they are deeply embarrassed... CJH
  • Score: 20

1:42pm Sun 20 Jul 14

ACBLive says...

The problem is that the markers are in feet and inches and most drivers of a young age have been taught metric!!!
The problem is that the markers are in feet and inches and most drivers of a young age have been taught metric!!! ACBLive
  • Score: -31

3:02pm Sun 20 Jul 14

marshall_bravestarr says...

There are definitely depth markers at Shell Ford. Sadly, some people don't seem to have much depth of intelligence...
There are definitely depth markers at Shell Ford. Sadly, some people don't seem to have much depth of intelligence... marshall_bravestarr
  • Score: 24

3:36pm Sun 20 Jul 14

davyb says...

I know the ford well, depth markers and warning signs are very clear, I am afraid that this is a case of very low IQ, hope the insurance company refuse to pay out and that they also get landed with the bill for the fire service.
I know the ford well, depth markers and warning signs are very clear, I am afraid that this is a case of very low IQ, hope the insurance company refuse to pay out and that they also get landed with the bill for the fire service. davyb
  • Score: 25

3:58pm Sun 20 Jul 14

gmoore1207 says...

complete idiots i bet they are some of the ones who go on about cuts to services then go and do this stupid thing like this
complete idiots i bet they are some of the ones who go on about cuts to services then go and do this stupid thing like this gmoore1207
  • Score: 14

4:00pm Sun 20 Jul 14

gmoore1207 says...

they should have been made to get it out themselves idiots
they should have been made to get it out themselves idiots gmoore1207
  • Score: 11

5:08pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Letterman says...

New Kid on the Block wrote:
Redhillman wrote:
If there were depth markers at the ford, surely this would have indicated to the drivers that the water was to deep to traverse in normal car, like the one shown in the photos? Also, with all this torrential rain we had, why wasn't the ford closed off by the highways people to prevent vehicles from even trying to negotiate the ford?
The ford wasn't closed off because because Nanny doesn't have enough staff to hold all our hands 24 hours a day.
As you say in your first sentence depth markers should be enough and if you look at the 3rd photo it appears to show depth markers.
While it's difficult to cater for idiots like the ones who got stuck in the ford, the highways department still have a responsibility towards safety and that includes closing off roads at fords when they become too dangerous to pass through. It's like potholes, while you still have idiots who still drive straight in to them, despite being noticeable, highways still have a responsibility to fill them in and make public roads safe (even if their approach to road repairs are woeful in my opinion).

There are only a handful of fords in Worcestershire, and with so much notice given about the heavy rains, it was easily within their capability, and indeed their remit, to put signs out or close the road. This is not nannying, it's about fulfilling their obligations as a highways department and trying to ensure the public is kept safe. While the idiotic driver who got stuck here should take the blame (and hopefully he should foot the bill and have no insurance pay-out (in fact his driving license should be revoked too)), the council's highways department should shoulder some of the blame too because they failed miserably in undertaking part of their statutory responsibilities. I hope those highways staff responsible are reprimanded or dismissed.
[quote][p][bold]New Kid on the Block[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Redhillman[/bold] wrote: If there were depth markers at the ford, surely this would have indicated to the drivers that the water was to deep to traverse in normal car, like the one shown in the photos? Also, with all this torrential rain we had, why wasn't the ford closed off by the highways people to prevent vehicles from even trying to negotiate the ford?[/p][/quote]The ford wasn't closed off because because Nanny doesn't have enough staff to hold all our hands 24 hours a day. As you say in your first sentence depth markers should be enough and if you look at the 3rd photo it appears to show depth markers.[/p][/quote]While it's difficult to cater for idiots like the ones who got stuck in the ford, the highways department still have a responsibility towards safety and that includes closing off roads at fords when they become too dangerous to pass through. It's like potholes, while you still have idiots who still drive straight in to them, despite being noticeable, highways still have a responsibility to fill them in and make public roads safe (even if their approach to road repairs are woeful in my opinion). There are only a handful of fords in Worcestershire, and with so much notice given about the heavy rains, it was easily within their capability, and indeed their remit, to put signs out or close the road. This is not nannying, it's about fulfilling their obligations as a highways department and trying to ensure the public is kept safe. While the idiotic driver who got stuck here should take the blame (and hopefully he should foot the bill and have no insurance pay-out (in fact his driving license should be revoked too)), the council's highways department should shoulder some of the blame too because they failed miserably in undertaking part of their statutory responsibilities. I hope those highways staff responsible are reprimanded or dismissed. Letterman
  • Score: -20

5:35pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Sulis76 says...

I agree with the comments that the highways department are at fault here too along with the driver who clearly is not only stupid, but has put his life and someone else's at risk too. Without signs or the road being closed by the highway bods, there'd have been no way for anyone to gauge the depth of the ford during nighttime until it was too late as this ford is an area where there are no street lights while car headlights would have limited ability. Have they forgotten the tragedy that befell a driver at Walcot ford in 2007? Clearly they haven't learnt any lessons and be proactive in trying to prevent another tragedy. The highways staff should not only be ashamed of themselves in not trying to protect the public from hazards, but I agree that those responsible should be disciplined.
I agree with the comments that the highways department are at fault here too along with the driver who clearly is not only stupid, but has put his life and someone else's at risk too. Without signs or the road being closed by the highway bods, there'd have been no way for anyone to gauge the depth of the ford during nighttime until it was too late as this ford is an area where there are no street lights while car headlights would have limited ability. Have they forgotten the tragedy that befell a driver at Walcot ford in 2007? Clearly they haven't learnt any lessons and be proactive in trying to prevent another tragedy. The highways staff should not only be ashamed of themselves in not trying to protect the public from hazards, but I agree that those responsible should be disciplined. Sulis76
  • Score: -17

5:54pm Sun 20 Jul 14

marshall_bravestarr says...

In truth, the Ford is closed off during periods of persistent rain (plastic fence, road closure signs & the like). I drive that route a fair bit & have had many a detour recently. Two nights of storms & a day of horrendous showers should have seen the HA come out to close it again, but it is ultimately the drivers fault.
In truth, the Ford is closed off during periods of persistent rain (plastic fence, road closure signs & the like). I drive that route a fair bit & have had many a detour recently. Two nights of storms & a day of horrendous showers should have seen the HA come out to close it again, but it is ultimately the drivers fault. marshall_bravestarr
  • Score: 6

6:33pm Sun 20 Jul 14

CYNIC_AL says...

Caption for the second picture: "Well didn't we **** this one up, huh Steve?"*

*To avoid any legal issues Steve may not be the real name of any actual persons involved in the incident and the use of such name is for purely for comical reasons only...
Caption for the second picture: "Well didn't we **** this one up, huh Steve?"* *To avoid any legal issues Steve may not be the real name of any actual persons involved in the incident and the use of such name is for purely for comical reasons only... CYNIC_AL
  • Score: 3

9:25pm Sun 20 Jul 14

cmot1967 says...

The crazy actions of this driver really is breathtaking, an amazing level of stupidity. And an amazing level of stupidity shown by Worcestershire county council's highways department in not taking any pro-active measures in preventing people from using this ford which was clearly unsafe to pass through. Why weren't any signs put out? Why wasn't the ford closed off? I's not as if the downpours on Friday and Saturday came out of the blue. Yet again, the highways staff are found wanting and have proven themselves again to be totally inept at their jobs.
The crazy actions of this driver really is breathtaking, an amazing level of stupidity. And an amazing level of stupidity shown by Worcestershire county council's highways department in not taking any pro-active measures in preventing people from using this ford which was clearly unsafe to pass through. Why weren't any signs put out? Why wasn't the ford closed off? I's not as if the downpours on Friday and Saturday came out of the blue. Yet again, the highways staff are found wanting and have proven themselves again to be totally inept at their jobs. cmot1967
  • Score: -10

9:51pm Sun 20 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

ACBLive wrote:
The problem is that the markers are in feet and inches and most drivers of a young age have been taught metric!!!
they would have measured even more then surely
[quote][p][bold]ACBLive[/bold] wrote: The problem is that the markers are in feet and inches and most drivers of a young age have been taught metric!!![/p][/quote]they would have measured even more then surely liketoknow
  • Score: 7

11:19am Mon 21 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

CYNIC_AL wrote:
Caption for the second picture: "Well didn't we **** this one up, huh Steve?"*

*To avoid any legal issues Steve may not be the real name of any actual persons involved in the incident and the use of such name is for purely for comical reasons only...
how about. '' you've messed it up this time Clarkson''
[quote][p][bold]CYNIC_AL[/bold] wrote: Caption for the second picture: "Well didn't we **** this one up, huh Steve?"* *To avoid any legal issues Steve may not be the real name of any actual persons involved in the incident and the use of such name is for purely for comical reasons only...[/p][/quote]how about. '' you've messed it up this time Clarkson'' liketoknow
  • Score: 4

7:06pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Jake42 says...

it was the out of hours doctor service car , the two on the roof are the gp and the driver .
it was the out of hours doctor service car , the two on the roof are the gp and the driver . Jake42
  • Score: -1

11:38pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Brownface60 says...

Why does a story about Droitwich appear on the Ledbury reporter site?
Why does a story about Droitwich appear on the Ledbury reporter site? Brownface60
  • Score: -3

1:01pm Tue 22 Jul 14

MJI says...

It needs to be kept clear for people who can drive through.

A colleague can get through 3 foot deep
It needs to be kept clear for people who can drive through. A colleague can get through 3 foot deep MJI
  • Score: -1

3:32pm Tue 22 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

MJI wrote:
It needs to be kept clear for people who can drive through.

A colleague can get through 3 foot deep
perhaps he can walk on water
[quote][p][bold]MJI[/bold] wrote: It needs to be kept clear for people who can drive through. A colleague can get through 3 foot deep[/p][/quote]perhaps he can walk on water liketoknow
  • Score: 0

5:05pm Tue 22 Jul 14

MJI says...

liketoknow wrote:
MJI wrote:
It needs to be kept clear for people who can drive through.

A colleague can get through 3 foot deep
perhaps he can walk on water
No he has a car capable of driving through it in flood. mine won't do more than 2'
[quote][p][bold]liketoknow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MJI[/bold] wrote: It needs to be kept clear for people who can drive through. A colleague can get through 3 foot deep[/p][/quote]perhaps he can walk on water[/p][/quote]No he has a car capable of driving through it in flood. mine won't do more than 2' MJI
  • Score: 0

5:11pm Tue 22 Jul 14

MJI says...

To be honest all it need are warning signs, like the ones already there. Quite a few vehicles can drive through that depth of water with no issue and they made only 30 miles away.

So to close for someone with no idea is silly
To be honest all it need are warning signs, like the ones already there. Quite a few vehicles can drive through that depth of water with no issue and they made only 30 miles away. So to close for someone with no idea is silly MJI
  • Score: 2

5:36pm Tue 22 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

one problem these days it that many drivers don't know their vehicles capabilities. hence 3 inches of snow brings everything to a standstill because of one stuck at the front .
one problem these days it that many drivers don't know their vehicles capabilities. hence 3 inches of snow brings everything to a standstill because of one stuck at the front . liketoknow
  • Score: 1

6:15pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sensiblegeezer65 says...

liketoknow wrote:
CYNIC_AL wrote:
Caption for the second picture: "Well didn't we **** this one up, huh Steve?"*

*To avoid any legal issues Steve may not be the real name of any actual persons involved in the incident and the use of such name is for purely for comical reasons only...
how about. '' you've messed it up this time Clarkson''
Don't you mean "you've messed it up YET AGAIN this time Clarkson" !!
[quote][p][bold]liketoknow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CYNIC_AL[/bold] wrote: Caption for the second picture: "Well didn't we **** this one up, huh Steve?"* *To avoid any legal issues Steve may not be the real name of any actual persons involved in the incident and the use of such name is for purely for comical reasons only...[/p][/quote]how about. '' you've messed it up this time Clarkson''[/p][/quote]Don't you mean "you've messed it up YET AGAIN this time Clarkson" !! sensiblegeezer65
  • Score: 0

6:21pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sensiblegeezer65 says...

Jake42 wrote:
it was the out of hours doctor service car , the two on the roof are the gp and the driver .
I should think both the GP and his driver would know the routes with fords and other hazards, and have more sense than to try and cross a flooded ford.
Just because a road has a 70mph speed limit, is it always safe to drive at 70 ??
[quote][p][bold]Jake42[/bold] wrote: it was the out of hours doctor service car , the two on the roof are the gp and the driver .[/p][/quote]I should think both the GP and his driver would know the routes with fords and other hazards, and have more sense than to try and cross a flooded ford. Just because a road has a 70mph speed limit, is it always safe to drive at 70 ?? sensiblegeezer65
  • Score: 3

10:50am Wed 23 Jul 14

Tobster says...

What's all this nonsense about closing the road? It's still perfectly accessible to some vehicles!

They should be charged for obstructing the highway to such vehicles.

Or have I forgotten that one of the main pillars of our society is "It's not fair if theirs can but mine can't, so lets enforce the capabilities of the lowest common denominator"?
What's all this nonsense about closing the road? It's still perfectly accessible to some vehicles! They should be charged for obstructing the highway to such vehicles. Or have I forgotten that one of the main pillars of our society is "It's not fair if theirs can but mine can't, so lets enforce the capabilities of the lowest common denominator"? Tobster
  • Score: 3

7:21pm Wed 23 Jul 14

The Villan says...

For Sale:

Silver Skoda Tourer, 1 not so careful owner, a little damp and has need for drying out with removal of river weeds!
For Sale: Silver Skoda Tourer, 1 not so careful owner, a little damp and has need for drying out with removal of river weeds! The Villan
  • Score: 1

9:36am Fri 25 Jul 14

Andy-Apache says...

Definitely NOTHING to do with highways agency! If folk are stupid enough to do it, they'll find a way. That ford would pose no issue at all to my old Hilux, so why should I be disadvantaged to protect someone who probably shouldn't be allowed near sharp objects?

Incidentally, in the big floods some years back, busy bodies closing off roads actually prevented me rescuing vehicles from similar situations, meaning greater damage to people's property, and more work for already overstretched agencies. We did manage to get a few out before the Nannies prevented it though!
Definitely NOTHING to do with highways agency! If folk are stupid enough to do it, they'll find a way. That ford would pose no issue at all to my old Hilux, so why should I be disadvantaged to protect someone who probably shouldn't be allowed near sharp objects? Incidentally, in the big floods some years back, busy bodies closing off roads actually prevented me rescuing vehicles from similar situations, meaning greater damage to people's property, and more work for already overstretched agencies. We did manage to get a few out before the Nannies prevented it though! Andy-Apache
  • Score: 0

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