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Watch: Pair rescued after car swept away in Co Londonderry

Firefighters have rescued two men from the roof of their car after they were caught in rising water in Draperstown, Co Londonderry.

The Fire Service said the incident happened on the Mulnavoo Road at 5pm on Saturday.

Today at 17:00 hours (Saturday 13 January 2018) fire crews from Maghera and Magherafelt rescued two men from the roof of...

Posted by NIFRS West on Saturday, January 13, 2018

The driver had been following a satnav and the route took them along a minor road requiring the crossing of a ford.

The water levels were higher than expected and the car was swept away and carried for approximately 20m.

The men were able to exit the vehicle and climb onto the roof the car.

Crews from Maghera and Magherafelt used lines to secure the car and a ladder from the adjacent footbridge to rescue the two men and lead them to safety.

“There is no doubt that the prompt actions of the crews prevented a much more serious incident,” NIFRS said in a statement.

“This is a stark reminder that crossing a ford is very dangerous and drivers should take particular care by avoiding water more than 10cm (4 inches) deep."

The statement added: “Remember that a foot of flowing water is enough to move the average family car and six inches can knock you off your feet.”

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