UPDATE: Dramatic rescue after elderly couple’s car plunges into West Sussex pond

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Two police community support officers and firefighters smashed the back window of a car to reach an elderly couple after their vehicle plunged into Benbow Pond near Midhurst this afternoon (Tuesday, October 20)

A police spokesman said: “They smashed the rear window, cut the seat belts and managed to drag the elderly couple out of the car to safety.”

The woman was shocked but unhurt. Her husband was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital by ambulance.

The police spokesman said the alarm was raised shortly before 3.15pm.

“It looks as though the car was being reversed near the water and suddenly shot forward and went straight into the pond ending up on its roof partially submerged with the two people inside.”

Police officers and fire crews from Midhurst, Haslemere, Chichester and Storrington took part in the rescue.

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