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Car with three women inside plunges into Cockwood Harbour

By Echonews  |  Posted: October 22, 2012

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Cockwood Harbour

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A major rescue operation was launched last night after a car ploughed into a harbour near Exeter and became stuck in rising waters.

At around 9.50pm last night, fire crews, police and the coastguard were involved in the dramatic rescue at Cockwood Harbour in Starcross, in which three women had to be freed from the vehicle.

The Ford Fiesta is understood to have left the road and become trapped in mud.

Rescuers raced against the rising tide to free the occupants.

And fire crews had to cut the roof of the vehicle to release the 20-year-old driver, who was placed on a spinal board and taken to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital with neck injuries.

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  • SmartyC  |  October 22 2012, 11:42PM

    ******the fact is her back brakes locked up and she could not have stopped any of what happened from happening!"****** Yeah, back brakes "locking up" for no reason, firing a car over a wall into a harbour happens all the time, can't move for small hatchbacks in most harbours. Definitely "just one of those things", could happen to anybody! Good grief.

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  • SidneyNuff  |  October 22 2012, 7:29PM

    Sailing hard ships through broken harbours.

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  • Stuboy13  |  October 22 2012, 7:14PM

    @ K_chels3ewa: This is a quote from the BBC website; "The vehicle hit a wall, flipped over, and landed on its wheels in the harbour". With all due respect it sounds like there was some degree of speed involved for this to happen. All around the harbour the roads are pretty tight and need to be negotiated with great care. As for the back brakes locking up, I find this a bit hard to believe, brakes tend not to just 'lock up', and again if she was driving at a reasonablle speed for the area she probably could have re-gained control before "The vehicle hit a wall, flipped over, and landed on its wheels in the harbour". Sounds to me like she was driving too fast for her ability and the conditions and has made up a story to cover herself - I should know I did it as a younger driver!

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  • K_chels3ewa  |  October 22 2012, 5:49PM

    Actually I know the driver and she would not have ever driven like an idiot because she would not put her life or anyone elses at risk like that! so maybe you should get your facts right before you go spouting stuff on here! the fact is her back brakes locked up and she could not have stopped any of what happened from happening!

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  • leona23  |  October 22 2012, 4:49PM

    Driving like idiots and not paying attention most likely Stuboy13

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  • CharlieFarlie  |  October 22 2012, 12:40PM

    theres more about it here: http://tinyurl.com/8d57kxx

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  • Stuboy13  |  October 22 2012, 10:56AM

    How the hell did they manage that? I want some more info on this!

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