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Pattaya: Woman and son rescued after car washed away in floods

 

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Locals in Pattaya came to the rescue of a woman and her young son who became trapped in their car as it began to fill with flood water during Tuesday afternoon’s storms. 

 

The woman’s Mercedes-Benz became stuck at the Railway Road Soi Khao Noi - Soi Khao Talo just after 2pm. 

 

The woman said she was terrified after the flood water swept away her vehicle leaving her unable to open the car door. 

 

Fortunately, a member of staff at the nearby wastewater treatment works saw the incident and came to the rescue of the woman, smashing one of the car’s windows so the woman and her son could escape. 

 

Police said Tuesday's heavy downfall had meant that flood water was as much as 50cm to 1 metre high on some roads. 

 

Police said drivers need to take extra care when driving after heavy rain and avoid flooded roads.

 

Footage of the incident showed a group of locals freeing the trapped car. 

 

Source: Thai Rath

 

 

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It's a 4 door and the water wasn't that high. Not sure why she wasn't able to open a rear door.

That area is always flooded, right beside the pumping station that all the run-off from Khao Noi flows into.
And despite it, people keep trying to push through.

 

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In this photo, just ahead of the white truck on the left edge of the road, you can see where a chunk is missing. I go by there on my morning walks and at one point took some pics of that hole (which was a fair bit bigger by then, to the point it was all the way across the bike lane and threatening to start cutting into the vehicle lane).
 
Showed them to a neighbour who is in the RTP. He checked the area out and contacted someone. About 6 months later I was going by and they had a crew in there fixing it. 
They did a good job to from the looks of it, reinforcing the bank, filling the hole and cementing it in. 

But those pumps simply aren't up to the task when the monsoons hit. The canal on the other side (between the road and the railway tracks) fills up almost instantly and the water has no where to go. Not even sure where the water is meant to go from that point.

Going to cost a pretty penny to clean that car out (and it will probably stink until the day they get rid of it) !

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2 hours ago, Kerryd said:

It's a 4 door and the water wasn't that high. Not sure why she wasn't able to open a rear door.

Nor why the rescuer had to smash a window.  Couldn't she open one from the inside? 

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8 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

 

Electrics failed? windows couldn’t open?

Water pressure was enough that the lady couldn’t push the door open?

She panicked? didn’t know that the window should be opened? 

 

Lots of reasons - if she was dumb enough to drive that deep into a flood, then its unlikely she knows how to get out of a car in a flood. Stupidity combined with panic... 

I was more thinking of the rescuer tapping on the windows and, if necessary, pantomiming the lowering of the window.  The water didn't seem deep enough to have shorted the electronics.  It looks like the battery was still above water and the passenger compartment was dry inside.  But, I guess it could have happened.

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4 minutes ago, wpcoe said:

It looks like the battery was still above water and the passenger compartment was dry inside.

The driver said the water was above her neck and had to tilt her head skywards to carry on breathing

luckily a rescuer got to her in time breaking the window to get them out.

 

17 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

if she was dumb enough to drive that deep into a flood

She she was waiting in a dry-ish spot for the rain to stop but all of  a sudden a mass of water came and swept the car away.

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christ !! can't edit ...... she said not she she
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22 hours ago, webfact said:

Police said drivers need to take extra care when driving after heavy rain and avoid flooded roads.

Pattaya Plod's answer is so reassuring.  The rain kept them indoors and not able to report for bandit duty.

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Posted (edited)

Mercedes...lets start a GOFUND to replace it.  I'll be the first to sacrifice my beer money for her, who else is in? 

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Just now, mike787 said:

sacrifice my beer money for her, who else is in? 

Not me ,  I think she has enough money to buy her own Merc..or just get the old one  repaired under insurance.

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2 minutes ago, mike787 said:

Mercedes...lets start a GOFUND to replace it.  I'll b the first the sacrifice my beer money for her, who else is in? 

Most likely insured.

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People die every year in Texas driving through water, even after years of warning that cars and trucks can be swept away in just a foot of moving water. "Turn around, don't drown" is on signs near low water crossings.

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1 minute ago, fredwiggy said:

People die every year in Texas driving through water, even after years of warning that cars and trucks can be swept away in just a foot of moving water. "Turn around, don't drown" is on signs near low water crossings.

Railway bypass is a bit aways from Texas, she most likely did not see those signs.

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Just now, Don Mega said:

Railway bypass is a bit aways from Texas, she most likely did not see those signs.

Any adult should know the power of moving water. This isn't the first time it's happened here either.

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