Two men had to be rescued when their sat nav took them into 3ft of icy water
Two men had to be rescued by police when they followed a sat nav’s directions – and drove straight into flood waters.
The pair were forced to climb out of the car and onto the roof following the incident in Watery Gate, Thurlaston, late on Friday night.
Rescue teams rushed to the scene and found the hapless duo just inches away from the icy water.
Posting on social media, an unnamed police officer said: ‘I’m working nights tonight until 6am with PC 1150 Miller from the Greater Hinckley beat.
‘We’re supposed to be covering the town and the Christmas party goers… however… Non – locals trying to get through Watery Gate Thurlaston.
‘It was a non starter – they ended up taking refuge on the roof of their car until Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service rescued them in a raft and police and East Midlands Ambulance Service stood by.
‘Both were non hyperthermic and were taken to a local warm place where they await a lift back to Birmingham.’
The post added: ‘Big thanks again to Leicestershire & Rutland 4×4 Response.
‘After a quick message – one of the brilliant volunteers came out to help. Luke Dhiman, from the group, slipped on some waders (rather him than me) and with our faithful (Land Rover) Defender – we towed out the car from Watery Gate while we await the recovery company.
‘The depth marker is there for a reason. You can’t ignore over one metre of icy water. Don’t just follow your sat nav.’
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, which sent crews from Hinckley, Leicester’s Western stations and technical rescue from Southern fire station, used water rescue equipment to get the men to safety after they called for help from their car’s roof at 11.10pm.
A fire service spokesman said: ‘Please do not drive into flood water as you may not be lucky enough to drive out again.
‘Take notice of road signs and don’t take any risks. Think – don’t sink.’
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