Barrie Drewitt-Barlow
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Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow tell of being stranded in water

A man has said he thought he was going to die after a 4x4 he was driving with his partner was hit by a "tidal wave" of flood water.

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow said he and his partner Tony became trapped near Little Baddow, near Chelmsford in Essex, on Sunday after a river burst its banks while they were crossing a ford.

The couple managed to climb on to the roof and were rescued by fire crews.

The pair made headlines in 1999 when they became one of the first gay couples in the UK to have children through a surrogate mother. The woman gave birth to twins Aspen and Saffron and the Drewitt-Barlows now have five children.

  • 08 Oct 2012