Four rescued from car after engine cuts out as driver tried to cross New Forest ford

Mill Lawn ford
The Mercedes got stuck in Mill Lawn Brook watersplash, Burley (photo: Simon Rowley)

FOUR people had to be rescued by firefighters after their car was stranded in a flooded ford in the New Forest following torrential rain on Saturday night.


The driver of the Mercedes tried to cross the swollen Mill Lawn Brook watersplash in Forest Road, Burley, when the vehicle’s engine cut out.

Responding to the call-out shortly before 9pm, a Ringwood fire crew arrived to find the car submerged up to the door sills.

The road was closed as the firefighters led the four occupants to safety in just over half an hour.

According to a witness, the casualties, who wanted to remain anonymous, had been on their way to Verwood when they got into difficulty.

South Central Ambulance Service’s hazardous area response team also attended, but it was stood down on arrival.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Firefighters from Ringwood were mobilised at 20.57 on 24th October to Forest Road, Burley.

“There was a Mercedes stuck up to the sill of the door in a ford.

“Four occupants were led to safety and the road was closed.”