Car towed from river after being caught at crossing

Car being rescued from ford near Coldgate Mill, North Middleton, Wooler, on Sunday.
Car being rescued from ford near Coldgate Mill, North Middleton, Wooler, on Sunday.

A car had to be towed out from a ford by the fire service after becoming stranded while trying to cross over the weekend.

The incident happened on Sunday afternoon at a river crossing near Coldgate Mill at North Middleton to the west of the A697 and to the south of Wooler.

A man and two children were in the car, but by the time the emergency services arrived on the scene, the three had already made it safely out of the car to the bank.

The car had to be towed out by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service.

A photograph taken by an onlooker shows the water rushing past the distance marker post, well above the two-feet mark and almost up to the three-feet measure.

The bystander, a local resident, said that the driver attmepted to drive through the ford, but the water was ‘really flowing fast with snow melt almost three feet deep’.

A Northumbria Police spokewoman said: “At 3.20pm, police received a report that a car was stuck at a river crossing at North Middleton.

“Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and police attended.

“The driver of the car was a man and there were also two children in the car.

“They were already out of the vehicle when we arrived and were safe and well.

“The fire and rescue service towed the car from the crossing.”