Devon

Cockwood Harbour rescue: Woman freed from car in rising tide

Cockwood Harbour
Image caption Fire officers said the water rose "very quickly" in the harbour

A woman has been freed from a car which got stuck in the mud during a rising tide after it ended up in a harbour.

The vehicle hit a wall, flipped over, and landed on its wheels in Cockwood Harbour near Starcross, Exeter, Devon, at about 21:50 BST on Sunday.

The roof was cut off to allow the driver to be put on a spinal board as water rose around the vehicle, reaching about 1ft (30cm) as she was removed.

She was taken to hospital with leg and spinal injuries, the fire service said.

Two other people in the vehicle also needed assistance to get out, it added. They are not believed to be seriously injured.

Tony Jones, of Devon and Somerset Fire Service, said the rescuers were "conscious that the water was coming in very quickly".

He said: "By the time we got her out of the car, there was about a foot of water around it, so it really was quite timely."

Members of the service's Urban Search and Rescue Team and ambulance crews were also involved in the operation.

The car, which was tied up over night to prevent it from moving, has been removed from the harbour.

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