Welwyn Garden City woman who helped save pensioner from sinking car reflects on 'scary situation'

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 October 2016

Welwyn Garden City resident Hannah Dovey with her husband John

Welwyn Garden City resident Hannah Dovey with her husband John

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A Welwyn Garden City woman has described how she helped rescue a man in his 70s after his car rolled into a lake with him inside.

The driver being rescued by Hannah and two menThe driver being rescued by Hannah and two men

Hannah Dovey, 34, was with her husband and two children by the south lake in Stanborough Park last Sunday, when she spotted the Nissan Qashqai heading into the water.

She told the WHT she initially thought it was empty, but after spotting the man inside, Hannah and two men charged into the “incredibly cold” lake to rescue him.

Hannah said: “When I got to the car, I thought he possibly had a heart attack or was in severe shock, because he was just staring forward.

“He wasn’t even talking to the guys who were bashing on the window. He was just in complete shock.”

She added: “These two men were fantastic, and one realised as the car went down there was access to the back door.

“He was leaning in diagonally across to the driver’s side, within seconds it was filling with water, and was nose diving as he’s pulling him out.”

Moments later the car sank, and the deputy headteacher said she was reassuring the Potters Bar man as he was being rescued and taken to shore.

“By the time I got to shore I was so cold I could hardly breathe,” she added. “My knees were shaking and the adrenaline took over.”

An ambulance spokesman said the driver was assessed at the scene, but was not taken to hospital.

“I was just so glad he’s okay, because it was such a scary situation,” Hannah said. “I suppose we just didn’t know for sure that we were going to get him out.

“Seeing the car at the bottom of the lake just makes your realise how little time you have in these situations.”

A police spokeswoman said she could not comment on the cause of the incident as investigations were on-going, but confirmed no other vehicles were involved.

The driver declined to comment.

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