Warning following flood rescue

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FIREFIGHTERS rescued a man, a woman and a two-year-old girl after their 4x4 became marooned in flood water on a closed road.

Crews were called to College Street shortly after 9.15am today (Wednesday, September 26).

By the time they arrived the water was up to the vehicle’s doors and the electrics had failed.

Firefighters entered the water, which was around one metre deep, and made contact with the occupants of the 4x4. The fire service’s search and rescue team entered the water, which was about a metre deep, and used inflatable rafts to bring the man, woman and child to safety.

The water was too deep to winch the vehicle out.

Watch manager Peter Nelson, from St Helens Community Fire Station, said: “The water was about half way up the 4x4’s doors.

“Drivers should obey road closure signs and should not enter water - even if you have a 4x4. There is no guarantee of what is below the surface, which could include missing manhole covers or road works.”