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Water rescue


BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

Water rescue

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Quick action by a good Samaritan saved two females from serious injury or worse yesterday, when Bush Hall Main Road, St Michael again flooded.

It was the most dramatic event of the day after heavy showers and thunderstorms, triggered by the interaction of a tropical wave and a trough system, soaked the island for at least six hours causing flash-flooding in several low-lying and flood-prone areas.

The early morning showers led to flooded streets just after 6 a.m. in Bush Hall Main Road that progressively worsened as the rains persisted.

By 7:30 a.m. the street, which is a major artery leading to Bridgetown, was so flooded that a car became trapped in the rushing waters. A call was made to the Barbados Fire Service for assistance in rescuing someone trapped in a vehicle on the road.

Around the same time, Shawn Adam, who lives in the area, was walking along the road when he saw the car coming quickly, but then it stalled when it reached the middle of the area where the water had built up.

Adam said he quickly ran to the car and told the female driver not to try restarting the engine, but to wait as he was going to call the Fire Service.  

However, water started getting into the car and the two women inside – one in her 40s, the other in her 20s – started to panic.

Adam said he opened the car door and lifted one of the women out of the vehicle and took her to a higher spot. He then returned and assisted the other woman as well.

The Fire Service arrived after Adam had effected the rescue. Eventually the water abated and the car was towed away by a wrecker.

The good Samaritan said the water usually settles on the portion of the road directly in front of the constituency office of Steve Blackett, the Member of Parliament for the constituency, and he has gotten accustomed to using his truck to pull motorists who get stalled there.

Adam, the owner of Shamaur’s Driving School, said he did not get the names of the occupants of the car. (SP/LK)

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