Drama as driver is rescued after car rolls into harbour

John Allen at the Broadmarsh Slipway in Havant, where he rescued the man in difficulty
John Allen at the Broadmarsh Slipway in Havant, where he rescued the man in difficulty
Butcher Street and College Road in Portsea, Portsmouth. Picture: Google

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QUICK-thinking John Allen helped to save the life of a driver whose car ended up marooned in a harbour.

The 50-year-old was parked at Broadmarsh, Havant, when he realised a car had gone down the slipway and into Langstone Harbour.

Mr Allen, a courier from Selsey, said: ‘I wound my window down and I heard this shouting for help.

‘I saw the car about three-quarters submerged and some old boy’s head out the window shouting “help” – it was filling up.’

Mr Allen jumped down on to the roof of the car to try to get the man out and was joined by two other men passing by.

He managed to get the door open, but the driver was caught up in his seat belt.

Together, Mr Allen and a second man managed to get the driver out and on to the roof of the car and out of the water with the help of a third man.

Mr Allen said police and an ambulance arrived, as well as the man’s wife who had been walking nearby.

The identity of the stricken man is unknown, but he was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham following the incident at about 11.30am on Monday.

Mr Allen said the man’s wife came running up and called him Alec.

Mr Allen added: ‘I feel shaken but glad that I was there. If I hadn’t gone there, I’m pretty sure that he wouldn’t be here now.

‘I feel glad that I did go down there and I was able to help. I think most people would have done it.’