Woman rescued from Forty Foot

AN Upwood man plunged into a canal to rescue a drowning woman after her car ploughed into water beside the deadly Forty Foot Road. Shane Cryer, 40, of Anson Close, was driving along the Forty Foot Road in Ramsey last Tuesday at about 5.40pm when he notice

AN Upwood man plunged into a canal to rescue a drowning woman after her car ploughed into water beside the deadly Forty Foot Road.

Shane Cryer, 40, of Anson Close, was driving along the Forty Foot Road in Ramsey last Tuesday at about 5.40pm when he noticed the car in front was snaking across the street.

He told The Hunts Post: "The car was all over the road, and the next thing I knew it had disappeared into the water.

"I didn't think, I just stopped my car and jumped in the water. I was doggy paddling in my work suit but I didn't care. I just wanted to save the woman."


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Mr Cryer said when he reached the car he found the doors were locked.

Another motorist who had stopped threw Mr Cryer a car jack, which he used to smash the driver's side window.

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"The water had reached the woman's neck so we had to act quickly," Mr Cryer said. "A female motorist and I managed to pull the woman through the window and to the safety of the bank."

Cambridgeshire police said the woman, who is believed to be in her 40s, was taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon where she was treated for minor injuries.

The road, which is due to have speed cameras installed by April next year, claimed five lives in six weeks from December 2005 to February 2006.

Cambridgeshire County Council is to spend £400,000 installing cameras along the road following a campaign by The Hunts Post.

Mr Cryer added: "I do not let my wife drive along the road as it is so dangerous.If you make a mistake on it you either end up in the water or crashing into another vehicle."

Police have confirmed that they are no longer investigating the incident.

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