UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Police car stuck in floodwater as area braces itself for more rain

A poilce car is stranded in floodwater at Bransgore. Picture by Simon Rowley.

A poilce car is rescued from floodwater at Bransgore. Picture by Simon Rowley.

The scene at Mudeford on Saturday. Picture by Sally Adams.

First published in News

A POLICE officer had to be rescued after driving his new Skoda patrol car through deep floodwater.

The incident happened as floodwater continued to cause a problem on local roads, even though the area escaped the expected heavy rain at the weekend.

The officer was marooned after his engine cut out as he drove along Derritt Lane, Bransgore, which has been closed for two weeks due to flooding, with an abandoned car already in the water.

Onlooker Simon Rowley said: “He will certainly be in deep water, deeper water than he was in today.”

Private firm Wessex Fire and Rescue sent its Land Rover to tow the police car out of the water.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said the officer had been returning from a response call.

“He was following several other cars that had successfully driven through the water without any difficulty, but, unfortunately, the marked Skoda Scout he was driving broke down,” he said.

“The water level did not exceed wheel height and there was no ingress of water into the interior of the car. However, the vehicle unfortunately stopped.

“It has now been recovered and will be examined at our workshops to determine the exact nature of the breakdown. “

Dorset and the New Forest suffered only brief showers on Saturday, and enjoyed a rare dry, sunny spell on Sunday.

On Sunday, local weather expert Jim Smith tweeted that Bournemouth has endured 344mm of rain over the past 50 days, 41 per cent of the area’s total annual average.

Further rain is expected this week.

Flood water caused structural damage to a building in Tollard Royal, North Dorset, and the B3081 was closed both ways as a result.

Elsewhere coastal areas were flooded at high tide, including the bottom of The Avenue at Branksome Chine, Christchurch and Mudeford quaysides and the A35 between the Bakers Arms roundabout Morden Park Corner.

Uddens Drive, near Ferndown, was closed due to a vehicle stuck in the water.

The Met Office has issued a further yellow warning of rain, covering Dorset, for Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

Up to 30mm of rain is likely to fall in the worst hit areas of the region, with wind gusts of 60-70mph, and experts have warned of the danger of further flooding in coastal areas.

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5:57pm Sun 2 Feb 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Are you sure it was a Police Officer ? Our PCC was very proud that he'd saved the Marine Section of Dorset Police but i did not think this was the alternative.He's never been the same since his sat-nav was nicked in Boscombe.
Are you sure it was a Police Officer ? Our PCC was very proud that he'd saved the Marine Section of Dorset Police but i did not think this was the alternative.He's never been the same since his sat-nav was nicked in Boscombe. politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: -5

5:58pm Sun 2 Feb 14

martin1512 says...

What a muppet. I happen to know that the vehicles he followed through the flood water were Land Rover Defenders, vehicles designed for this type of thing.
What a muppet. I happen to know that the vehicles he followed through the flood water were Land Rover Defenders, vehicles designed for this type of thing. martin1512
  • Score: -6

6:04pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Yankee1 says...

A diddy Skoda?

That must scare the scoudrels. Will it hit 80 mph?
A diddy Skoda? That must scare the scoudrels. Will it hit 80 mph? Yankee1
  • Score: -13

6:25pm Sun 2 Feb 14

justme20092009 says...

police above the law,they tell people not to drive through floods but think they can them selves so a mega big LOL LOL LOL
police above the law,they tell people not to drive through floods but think they can them selves so a mega big LOL LOL LOL justme20092009
  • Score: -2

6:25pm Sun 2 Feb 14

justme20092009 says...

SORRY I CANT STOP PMSL
SORRY I CANT STOP PMSL justme20092009
  • Score: -13

7:06pm Sun 2 Feb 14

cdod says...

Can I just point out that there were reports of Dorset police fining people on the avon causeway for going through when it was closed, does this mean that the officer in question won't be charged for breaking the rules, of corse that's what it means, one rule hey!!!
Can I just point out that there were reports of Dorset police fining people on the avon causeway for going through when it was closed, does this mean that the officer in question won't be charged for breaking the rules, of corse that's what it means, one rule hey!!! cdod
  • Score: 7

7:12pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Trifid says...

"... Hampshire Constabulary ..."
"... Hampshire Constabulary ..." Trifid
  • Score: -2

7:17pm Sun 2 Feb 14

sprintervanman says...

An error was made by a police officer.These are the people who come to our assistance when we make an error on the roads.No need to down them, that's just spite.
An error was made by a police officer.These are the people who come to our assistance when we make an error on the roads.No need to down them, that's just spite. sprintervanman
  • Score: 42

7:24pm Sun 2 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

justme20092009 wrote:
SORRY I CANT STOP PMSL
. is that age related
[quote][p][bold]justme20092009[/bold] wrote: SORRY I CANT STOP PMSL[/p][/quote]. is that age related kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 19

7:39pm Sun 2 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Coppers are just ordinary people doing a job.but with greater expectation.sometime
s they try too hard.Just hope they put in the extra effort when you need help.give them a break
Coppers are just ordinary people doing a job.but with greater expectation.sometime s they try too hard.Just hope they put in the extra effort when you need help.give them a break kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 38

7:41pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Arthur Maureen says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
justme20092009 wrote:
SORRY I CANT STOP PMSL
. is that age related
Think it is, she does live in Barton On Sea...
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]justme20092009[/bold] wrote: SORRY I CANT STOP PMSL[/p][/quote]. is that age related[/p][/quote]Think it is, she does live in Barton On Sea... Arthur Maureen
  • Score: -3

7:53pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Peroni says...

Thick ****.
They don't care as it's not there own money !!!!!
Thick ****. They don't care as it's not there own money !!!!! Peroni
  • Score: -29

8:24pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Hobad1 says...

"Onlooker Simon Rowley said: “He will certainly be in deep water, deeper water than he was in today.” "

In the history of the world/galaxy/univers
e this guy has got to be the funniest thing/particle/carbo
n based entity ever to have lived/existed/been.

Its the way he tells 'em.
"Onlooker Simon Rowley said: “He will certainly be in deep water, deeper water than he was in today.” " In the history of the world/galaxy/univers e this guy has got to be the funniest thing/particle/carbo n based entity ever to have lived/existed/been. Its the way he tells 'em. Hobad1
  • Score: -8

8:47pm Sun 2 Feb 14

BILLY THE BUBBLE says...

“It has now been recovered and will be examined at our workshops to determine the exact nature of the breakdown.


Water ingress into the air intake filter or short out on the HT leads.
If water has got into the engine....Bye Bye It's as simple as that.
“It has now been recovered and will be examined at our workshops to determine the exact nature of the breakdown. Water ingress into the air intake filter or short out on the HT leads. If water has got into the engine....Bye Bye It's as simple as that. BILLY THE BUBBLE
  • Score: -7

9:47pm Sun 2 Feb 14

hooplaa says...

'A POLICE officer had to be rescued' - No his car got pushed out of a puddle... When will you find real news?
'A POLICE officer had to be rescued' - No his car got pushed out of a puddle... When will you find real news? hooplaa
  • Score: 23

9:47pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Tango Charlie says...

You should have seen how many tanks we used to rescue in the same situation. Or Bedfords, Landrovers.... To make a mistake is to be human, to find up entirety you need to be in government.
You should have seen how many tanks we used to rescue in the same situation. Or Bedfords, Landrovers.... To make a mistake is to be human, to find up entirety you need to be in government. Tango Charlie
  • Score: 9

10:25pm Sun 2 Feb 14

ragj195 says...

Reading some of the comments left by adults here, it's no wonder kids have such little respect for the police.
Reading some of the comments left by adults here, it's no wonder kids have such little respect for the police. ragj195
  • Score: 27

10:41pm Sun 2 Feb 14

live-and-let-live says...

ragj195 wrote:
Reading some of the comments left by adults here, it's no wonder kids have such little respect for the police.
respect has to be earned.
[quote][p][bold]ragj195[/bold] wrote: Reading some of the comments left by adults here, it's no wonder kids have such little respect for the police.[/p][/quote]respect has to be earned. live-and-let-live
  • Score: -27

11:08pm Sun 2 Feb 14

hooplaa says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
ragj195 wrote:
Reading some of the comments left by adults here, it's no wonder kids have such little respect for the police.
respect has to be earned.
You're not a gangster!
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ragj195[/bold] wrote: Reading some of the comments left by adults here, it's no wonder kids have such little respect for the police.[/p][/quote]respect has to be earned.[/p][/quote]You're not a gangster! hooplaa
  • Score: 10

11:16pm Sun 2 Feb 14

ragj195 says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
ragj195 wrote:
Reading some of the comments left by adults here, it's no wonder kids have such little respect for the police.
respect has to be earned.
Muppet comment of the week
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ragj195[/bold] wrote: Reading some of the comments left by adults here, it's no wonder kids have such little respect for the police.[/p][/quote]respect has to be earned.[/p][/quote]Muppet comment of the week ragj195
  • Score: 15

7:26am Mon 3 Feb 14

tbpoole says...

Peroni wrote:
Thick ****.
They don't care as it's not there own money !!!!!
Money that should perhaps have gone teaching you how to write English properly so you would then know the difference between there and their?
[quote][p][bold]Peroni[/bold] wrote: Thick ****. They don't care as it's not there own money !!!!![/p][/quote]Money that should perhaps have gone teaching you how to write English properly so you would then know the difference between there and their? tbpoole
  • Score: 23

9:00am Mon 3 Feb 14

static kill says...

Let's hope they don't give him a gun.
Let's hope they don't give him a gun. static kill
  • Score: -6

9:48am Mon 3 Feb 14

bobwoods says...

Last weeks headline!
http://www.bournemou
thecho.co.uk/news/10
969576.Drivers_ignor
e_warning_signs_and_
chance_flood_water__
___despite_half_subm
erged_car/
Last weeks headline! http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/news/10 969576.Drivers_ignor e_warning_signs_and_ chance_flood_water__ ___despite_half_subm erged_car/ bobwoods
  • Score: 0

10:46am Mon 3 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

what a dipstick
just like the rest of his mates
ploddy no brains.
what a dipstick just like the rest of his mates ploddy no brains. nickynoodah
  • Score: -9

11:24am Mon 3 Feb 14

lily4me says...

Should 'nt you be at Play School by now Nicky - bit of a pathetic comment eh ?
Should 'nt you be at Play School by now Nicky - bit of a pathetic comment eh ? lily4me
  • Score: 7

11:53am Mon 3 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

If he ever gets given a dog
I hope its a water spaniel
If he ever gets given a dog I hope its a water spaniel nickynoodah
  • Score: -6

12:07pm Mon 3 Feb 14

uvox44 says...

A skoda Scout eh? Clearly that Scout wasn't prepared....
A skoda Scout eh? Clearly that Scout wasn't prepared.... uvox44
  • Score: 6

12:54pm Mon 3 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

static kill wrote:
Let's hope they don't give him a gun.
Perhaps he has a water pistol?
[quote][p][bold]static kill[/bold] wrote: Let's hope they don't give him a gun.[/p][/quote]Perhaps he has a water pistol? speedy231278
  • Score: 1

1:04pm Mon 3 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

Give him a job at the life boat station
Give him a job at the life boat station nickynoodah
  • Score: 1

1:15pm Mon 3 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

nickynoodah wrote:
Give him a job at the life boat station
Why do so many people call you "Thrush"?
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: Give him a job at the life boat station[/p][/quote]Why do so many people call you "Thrush"? kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 2

1:45pm Mon 3 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

its because I sing like a nightingale
I am prettier than a seven coloured linnet and loved by every one
you know
its because I sing like a nightingale I am prettier than a seven coloured linnet and loved by every one you know nickynoodah
  • Score: -3

2:23pm Mon 3 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

nickynoodah wrote:
its because I sing like a nightingale
I am prettier than a seven coloured linnet and loved by every one
you know
2 out of 3 ain,t bad and better than being linked to an irritation in the draws
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: its because I sing like a nightingale I am prettier than a seven coloured linnet and loved by every one you know[/p][/quote]2 out of 3 ain,t bad and better than being linked to an irritation in the draws kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 1

4:41pm Mon 3 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

get back to your fiddling pete
you know you want to
don't be an obnoxious knobdirt
be a nice knobdirt
get back to your fiddling pete you know you want to don't be an obnoxious knobdirt be a nice knobdirt nickynoodah
  • Score: -3

8:20pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Niel says...

Of course most officers, like most car 'drivers' have little mechanical knowledge of their complex vehicle's these days, so the low air intake issue's VAG 4x4 CARS have like so many others doesn't register. Older designs with air filters and their intakes up high on the engine don't tend to suck in water wrecking the engine... And as this one's probably a diesel like most of the fleet that's a virtual certainty.

IIRC the Scout is a slightly raised 4x4 CAR design, properly used it's a good CAR, for these conditions a proper tall 4x4, with raised air intake or 'snorkel' is what's needed, along with the training to use it properly!
Of course most officers, like most car 'drivers' have little mechanical knowledge of their complex vehicle's these days, so the low air intake issue's VAG 4x4 CARS have like so many others doesn't register. Older designs with air filters and their intakes up high on the engine don't tend to suck in water wrecking the engine... And as this one's probably a diesel like most of the fleet that's a virtual certainty. IIRC the Scout is a slightly raised 4x4 CAR design, properly used it's a good CAR, for these conditions a proper tall 4x4, with raised air intake or 'snorkel' is what's needed, along with the training to use it properly! Niel
  • Score: 3

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