Elderly woman's miraculous escape after car plunges into canal

Car ends up in canal in Marple
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An elderly woman had a miraculous escape after her car dramatically plunged into a canal, sparking a major rescue operation. The incident occurred near Marple, Stockport, just before 1.30pm on Monday, July 8.

The vehicle veered off into the Macclesfield Canal next to Goyt Mill on Upper Hibbert Lane, prompting emergency services including police, ambulance, and fire crews to rush to the scene. It is understood from the Manchester Evening News that the woman managed to extricate herself from the submerged car.

Firefighters then utilised a long-reach pole to assist her out of the water. She was subsequently transported to hospital, as confirmed by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).

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Greater Manchester Police (GMP) reported that she was "checked over as a precaution" but fortunately did not sustain any serious injuries. Images captured at the scene show the vehicle entirely underwater.

Emergency services at the scene
Emergency services rushed to the scene -Credit:No credit

A spokesman for GMP said: "We were called at 1:25pm to reports that a car had gone into the canal. The female driver was checked over as a precaution."

A spokesperson for GMFRS added: "Shortly after 1.25pm this afternoon (Monday, 8 July), two fire engines from Marple and Offerton fire stations, the Technical Response Unit from Ashton-under-Lyne Community Fire Station and the Water Incident Unit from Eccles Community Fire Station were called to reports of a person in water near Upper Hibbert Lane, Stockport.

"Crews arrived quickly and used a long reach pole to rescue one casualty who was later conveyed to hospital by North West Ambulance Service. Firefighters were in attendance for approximately one hour and 10 minutes." Join our WhatsApp news community here for the latest breaking news