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Bridge plunge couple rescued from Dorset stream

  • 4-30-2012

An elderly couple were rescued from a stream in Dorset after their car plunged 10ft (3m) from a bridge and landed upside down in the water below.

The man, 78, and the woman, 77, were trapped in the car, which had filled with 8in (20cm) of water, in West Stafford, near Dorchester, on Sunday.

They were treated for hypothermia once they were freed by fire crews after spending half an hour in the water.

The collision involved another car. The driver, a woman aged 56, was not hurt.

Jason Rogers, from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, said the couple lost control of the vehicle in poor driving conditions at about 21:00 BST.

Mr Rogers said the man in the car was removed on a spinal board but the woman was able to walk to the ambulance crews.

"Luckily, it being an old bridge, there was a hole in it from the past which crews were able to further dig out to bring the man out and through, making it much easier and quicker to get him to our ambulance colleagues," he said.

"The water was flowing steadily but was pretty cold so time was of the essence to prevent them becoming even colder and going into severe shock."

The couple were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

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