A pregnant woman and her one year old child have been rescued from their vehicle after they got stuck in flood waters in Buttsbury Wash near Mountnessing.
The woman called 999 after her car got stuck in flood waters and was unable to get out of her vehicle. The water was approximately 4ft deep.
The ECFRS Control team took her details and immediately mobilised two fire engines and our specialist water rescue team from Leigh.
The Control operator could hear the woman was extremely panicked and so kept talking to her to reassure her until crews arrived at the scene. The Control operator also advised her to get her child out of their car seat and sit with them until our firefighters got there.
Firefighters from the specialist water rescue team waded through the water and rescued the woman and child.
The fire service have issued the following safety advice:
Just a foot or two of water is enough to float a car and six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars. This depth can cause loss of control or possible stalling as water enters the car and damages the mechanical and electric components.
When confronted with floodwater the best thing to do is to stop and find an alternative route.