In what onlookers described as a “Christmas miracle,” a British couple were rescued from a submerged car after a major flash flood, according to a report.
Dramatic images captured firefighters removing a man and woman from their car near Norwich shortly before 6 a.m. Friday, the BBC reported.
Eyewitnesses Matt and Alex Emmerson noticed the waterlogged vehicle from their bathroom window about 15 minutes before the rescuers arrived and had assumed it was empty.
“Whoever this poor couple were, they were in there for a long time — close to two hours. The water must have been freezing,” Matt, 42, told the news outlet, calling the rescue a “Christmas miracle/”
He said a firefighter went straight into the water and smashed a window to gain access to the car “despite the water coming up to his chin.”
His wife, Alex, 44, said flooding near their home in Green Lane, Thorpe End, was a regular occurrence during heavy rainfall.
“I just assumed that there would be nobody in there,” she told the BBC. “Because normally people leap out and wade to safety before it gets to that point.”
The East of England Ambulance Service said the rescued people were taken to a hospital for “further assessment and treatment.”
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said some areas have received a month of rainfall in 24 hours. It has gotten more than 300 calls about flooding since Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s very difficult to know exact depths. Do not enter flooded water at any point,” Tim Edwards of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said.