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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Man, 91, rescued from floodwater by Silloth lifeboat crew

An elderly man had to be rescued by RNLI volunteers after his car got stuck in floodwater.

The 91-year-old, from Penrith, had driven his BMW into water across the Skinburness Marsh road at about 2.15pm today.

The man managed to get out of the vehicle by himself. He was able to make it up a bank, while waiting for the lifeboat team to arrive.

The water was over the wheels of the car, which had to be pulled free by the Silloth RNLI tractor.

The man, suffering from suspected hypothermia, was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, to be checked over.

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