Dorset

Sandbanks fishing crew pull woman from sinking car

Car in the water at Sandbanks Image copyright Rnli
Image caption The victim's car was pulled from the water several hours after she was rescued by a passing fishing crew

A woman has been taken to hospital after "accidentally driving" her car into the sea off Dorset.

The driver and her car came off the North Haven slipway at about 12:00 GMT, according to the harbour master.

South Western Ambulance Service said the casualty was taken to Poole Hospital with minor injuries.

A passing boat rescued the woman from the car. The vehicle was pulled from the water a few hours later.

In a statement, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: "On arrival crews found the driver of the car had been rescued by a small fishing vessel and then transferred to an inshore lifeboat. The casualty was then taken to hospital by ambulance."

Image copyright Tom Guest
Image caption The car entered the water off Panorama Road, Sandbanks, at about 12:00 GMT

The Poole Inshore Lifeboat was also launched and was on the scene within five minutes, but was not required to assist in the rescue.

The fire service located the vehicle and it was pulled from the water by a Jenkins Marine barge.

In a statement, Poole Harbour Commissioners' harbour master confirmed the elderly woman had accidentally driven off North Haven slipway into the water.

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