Dramatic rescue of elderly woman trapped in teetering car at Sunderland Point

January 13, 2020

An elderly woman was rescued from her car which was teetering on the edge of a water bank at Sunderland Point during high tide.

The woman became trapped while heading towards the village and later told her rescuers that she had driven past a warning sign about the tide coming in because she thought "it might not be deep".

After she got halfway across, the road was covered. She tried to reverse back and ultimately became stuck.

Morecambe lifeboat crew was called out on Friday morning and swiftly secured the car using their Land Rover as an anchor to stop it slipping into the deep channel.

A fire service crew also helped to secure the vehicle with stakes and freed the driver.

Extra warning signs are expected to be put in place to warn motorists of the dangers when driving to Sunderland Point.

"We would also like to take the opportunity not to dismiss any of the warning signs in place and heed what they state," said an RNLI spokesman.

"The area is cut off by tide on a regular basis making the area impassable."