FENLAND: Man who rescued woman from Fenland drain tells us he's ""no hero"".

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 February 2009 | UPDATED: 08:54 02 June 2010

The car partially submerged after today's accident. Picture: PETER UPTON

The car partially submerged after today's accident. Picture: PETER UPTON

THE man who helped rescue a woman from a partially-submerged car has told the Cambs Times/Wisbech Standard that he s no hero . Jeff Pratt s response came after he helped Manea woman Alma Ryman to safety from the Forty Foot Drain earlier today (Friday). H

THE man who helped rescue a woman from a partially-submerged car has told the Cambs Times/Wisbech Standard that he's "no hero".

Jeff Pratt's response came after he helped Manea woman Alma Ryman to safety from the Forty Foot Drain earlier today (Friday).

He was driving by the accident scene when he stopped, climbed down the bank and helped Mrs Ryman and her dog Tilly from the freezing waters.

Mr Pratt, of Tipps End, said: "I wouldn't call myself a hero, not at all. It's something that had to be done.

"The car was not a long way in so it was not hard to rescue her. The water was a bit chilly though."

Mr Pratt said he arrived on the scene to find a group of people standing by the side of the road. He asked whether the driver was out of the car and, when the answer was no, he climbed down the bank.

"It's one of those incidents where you've got to go and help," he said. "If you drive past and the worst happens, how could you live with that?

"She wanted to get her dog out of the car more than anything else; she wouldn't go until the dog was safe.

"The dog was on the roof of the car so I paddled back to the bank carrying the dog, and then I rescued the woman using a stick and dragging her through the water."

Mr Pratt also said he stayed at the scene merely 30 seconds afterwards, "because I wanted to get home and get changed".

However, he said: "As I was leaving the police arrived and took my details.


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